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Rupp Will Try to Ban 'Timeout Rooms'

Missouri, February 21, 2009
The story of two children in the Francis Howell School District has erupted into a regional debate on whether schools should use "timeout rooms" to quell student tantrums.

State Sen. Scott Rupp, R-2nd District, on Friday said he would file a bill to ban the rooms.

"I feel that if they serve a needed purpose, that it is the job of the (Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) to convince the legislators why they should (be) kept," Rupp, of Wentzville, said in a written comment.

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