PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- The parents of a Parkersburg High School student say a teacher put their son, who has Asperger's syndrome, in a box labeled "bad kid fort" because of his behavior in the classroom.
Beth Dean and Jeff Richards say the social studies teacher humiliated their 15-year-old son.
"Instead of sending him out of the room or any other myriad of options, she fashioned a large cardboard box and placed the box around his seat, completely enclosing him, in front of 30 of his peers," Dean told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
Her son, who has self-esteem issues, was left in the box for about 15 minutes, she said.
"This did not help, and destroyed the years of counseling and encouragement we have provided to make sure he has a good self-image," she said.
Her son's individual education plan outlines steps to take when his behavior is disruptive or unmanageable, she said.
"Placed in [a] cardboard box was not one of those steps," she said.
She said school officials downplayed the incident until she received a photograph of the box from another student who saw it in a hallway.
Principal Pam Goots said the incident was not good judgment but that she does not believe the teacher intended to embarrass the student.