Parents pull daughter from school, claim she was confined to 'cell-like' room

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The parents of an 8-year-old girl are pulling their daughter from school after they say she was forced to sit in a tiny cell-like room for hours as part of detention.

The girl's mother, Connie Ramstad, got a call Tuesday from Rock Ridge Elementary in Castle Rock, notifying her that her daughter, Alegra, was in detention.

KMGH reports Ramstad went to the school and took photos of her daughter looking frightened as she sat in the closed-door room. 

"I found our girl basically in a jail cell. What they call a detention room. This little room is [about] 2 feet by 4 feet," Ramstad said.

Ramstad said school staff told her that Alegra had threatened another student. But Ramstad says her daughter was sticking up for herself after being bullied.

‘Why are you being mean to me? Stop being mean to me, or I’m going to tell my mom on you," said Ramstad, recounting Alegra’s description of the incident.

The Ramstads are pulling Alegra from Rock Ridge Elementary School.

"We don't know how long she's going be traumatized from that. She's been sick for three days," she said.

They have hired an attorney attorney.

The Douglas County School District General Counsel released the following statement:

The safety of our students is of the utmost priority. However, because of the student privacy issues involved in this matter, we cannot discuss the specific facts underlying the allegations.

We can share that there is a private room in the main office at Rock Ridge Elementary School that is used appropriately for student detention and safety purposes. Photographic images of students in that room are not taken by staff. Additionally, the door to the room remains open at all times when a student is present. Students complete school work and are able to leave the room when needed. Further, parents are notified when their child is being placed in the private room, and are free to pick up their children from school on such occasions.

We are always committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for all students. The school welcomes the opportunity to meet with Rock Ridge families who have additional questions about student discipline policies. Most importantly, we will continue to seek the educational success of every child.