BIRMINGHAM, England, May 15 (UPI) -- A British headmaster has introduced the concept of isolation rooms for students who behave badly, in an attempt to restore classroom discipline.
The pupils can be confined in the isolation rooms -- an approach being called "assertive discipline," -- during school hours for up to three days. The students are only allowed out for toilet breaks, the Sunday Times reported.
"For some students, social interaction is more important than work," said Dexter Hutt. "If they are socially isolated, they miss that outlet."
The isolation rooms typically hold six pupils. They sit in cubicles with partitions so they are barred from seeing or speaking to another student. Meals are delivered to the rooms and eaten in the cubicles.
"Two years ago the behavior was appalling," Hutt said. "Pupils regularly threatened teachers. In one incident a teacher narrowly escaped having her hair set on fire."