A few days ago I wrote about the use of scream rooms in public schools. For the sake of keeping the article short, I put aside how disturbing it is that school faculty members not only use them, but defend their use. It takes a special kind of human species to do this to a child and not have any moral qualms about it.
Come to think of it, it brings a whole new meaning to the saying “We’re doing it for the kids. It’s for the children.”
Next time I hear that, I’ll have to inquire whether what they’re doing requires a lock and key.
Dr. Keith Ablow at Fox News has written about the kind of damage these rooms do to a child – which should be a no-brainer. Keeping kids locked up in a cell for throwing a temper tantrum is akin to burning down a house to get rid of the daddy longlegs you found in the garage, like every other homeowner on the planet.
At the Daily Sheeple, Chris Carrington raised an alarming point about the possible link between scream rooms and school shootings:
It would be very interesting to know how many kids that have opened fire on their teachers and classmates have been held in scream rooms. Did the other kids laugh at them when they were carted away? Was there a particular teacher who tormented them?
It makes you wonder.
I don’t think there’s a single reason why kids shoot up schools. But teachers should consider whether or not they are creating a psychopath or emotionally dead human before they drag an unruly child into one of those rooms and lock them up for several hours. Perhaps taking them aside and teaching them proper etiquette might be more productive – and humane.