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WILMINGTON, N.C. — A New Hanover County Schools official says the use of seclusion rooms to deal with aggressive students is legal.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights investigated the school district’s use of seclusion rooms earlier this year. The review found no violation of North Carolina law.

The investigation started after a complaint in January by the parents of a 5-year-old special education student. The parents said the student was being placed in a seclusion room and was forced to stay inside. The complaint alleged the district used the seclusion rooms only for students with disabilities.

Assistant superintendent Holliday said the school district provided federal investigators with detailed reports on all use of seclusion rooms from last fall and January of this year.

Credit: The Associated Press.