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Marysville parent claims special ed student put in closet for 'timeout'

MARYSVILLE — A claim that a special education second-grader was put in a closet for a closed-door "timeout" earlier in April has resulted in two special education staff members, a teacher and an educational aide, being placed on paid administrative leave from Marshall Elementary until further notice.

Although Marysville School District Assistant Superintendent Gail Miller was unavailable for further comment as of April 23, she released a statement the same day explaining that the district is currently investigating a parent's allegation that a closet was used as a "timeout" room for a student in one of the self-contained classes at Marshall Elementary.

"Any use of a timeout room for students with an IEP requires that policy, procedures and the law must be followed," Miller said in her statement. "A behavior plan must be in place. An independent investigator assigned by the district's risk pool is currently looking into the allegation."

Marshall Elementary School Principal Kelly Sheward confirmed that parents of students in that special education class had received a letter on April 16 informing them that a substitute teacher had taken over the class.

The two staff members have been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation, and their names will not be released by the district during the investigation. Miller noted that "it is not known at this time" when the investigation will be completed, and added that the district "takes this allegation very seriously" and will take disciplinary action "if it's warranted by the outcome of the investigation."

Angi Wilson informed The Daily Herald that her adopted second-grade daughter was placed in the closet, and that her daughter's teacher had told Wilson that the daughter, who has attention deficit disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome, had been getting out of control and throwing tantrums in class. According to Wilson, her daughter had not behaved this way at home or with other people at her school.

Check The Marysville Globe for further updates on this story.

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