Area school board creates in-school ‘suspension rooms’

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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Students in Kennewick could soon find themselves serving suspensions at school instead of being sent home.

The Kennewick School Board plans to spend about $210,000 to create in-school suspension rooms at each of its middle and high schools over the next two years.

The Tri-City Herald reports that sending students home for a day or more can get parents’ attention and also keeps them from disrupting other students. But it also can put a student at risk of falling behind academically and can give misbehaving students exactly what they want — a day out of school.

“Sometimes you just need a place for students to cool off,” Assistant Superintendent Ron Williamson told the Herald.

But at least one teacher wasn’t on board with the idea. Randy Hoover, a physics teacher at Kennewick High, told the Herald in-school suspension often become like a “babysitting gig.”

“I’m not sure it modifies their behavior the way we want it to,” Hoover said.

A study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health found that marijuana use was higher in schools in Australia and Washington state where suspended students are sent home.

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  • Tina Heinle

    I pretty much lived in in- school suspension during jr high. it was the only way I’d do any school work. I didn’t do homework. I just talked in class. in school suspension, no talking, just do your work. they were right there if ya needed help. if your work was done you got to listen to headphones. that was way back in mid 80’s. they’d take us to the bathroom as group, same as lunch. it wasn’t that bad. some kids only learn in that environment.

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