Victorian era attitudes still alive and well in New Zealand education.
Children were repeatedly locked in a darkened, cell-like room at a primary school as punishment for bad behaviour.
Education officials launched an investigation at Miramar Central School in Wellington after a behaviour therapist found a 11-year-old disabled boy alone and distraught in the cupboard-sized room, with no way to get out.
The boy, who is autistic with the mental age of a toddler, was one of at least 10 children – mainstream and special needs – put in the “time out” room within the past year, largely without parent knowledge or consent. NZ Herald