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Feds look into NHCS seclusion rooms

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The controversy over New Hanover County Schools’ use of seclusion rooms is now the subjection of a federal investigation.

The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office is looking into a claim that seclusion rooms are only being used on students with disabilities.

It all started with a complaint from a student’s parents last month. They alleged their son and other students with autism were put into seclusion rooms. They also said the rooms are only being used on students with disabilities.

The parents received formal notification late last week from the Department of Education that it has opened an investigation. The DOE’s Civil Rights Office said, though, that the investigation in no way implies that it made a determination to the merits of the complaint.

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