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Mom outraged over son's punishment at school

"I feel heartbroken because I don't believe my child is a bad child," said Andrade. "It kills me inside as a mom because if I would've responded sooner he wouldn't have had to go through that."

A mother was furious to learn the way her 10-year-old son was being punished at Brenham Elementary School.

Her son, who suffers from ADHD and dyslexia, was isolated and confined during recess.

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A mother was furious to learn the way her 10-year-old son was being punished at Brenham Elementary School.

"My child had to sit here on the concrete square," said Rosy Andrade, the boy's mother.

An email obtained by KHOU 11 News shows the 5-day behavioral plan detailed by school administrators. It reads: "Recess: Concrete square on the playground". When Andrade saw it with her own eyes she was outraged.

"I know he was being segregated, but I didn't know extent of segregation," said Andrade.

Andrade went to the school to videotape her son at recess and said his friends told her they weren't allowed to talk to her third-grade son. The video went viral after she posted it on Facebook.

In a statement the district says: "Brenham ISD supports the use of restorative practices with students who exhibit challenging behavior. Based upon the law and best practices, students may be removed from their peers in order to maintain a safe learning environment."

Andrade isn't convinced.

"They present him to be a monster that needs to be contained in a square," said Andrade.

Heather Timmis has her doubts too. She's a counselor at Finnigan Counseling and treats students suffering from ADHD often. She says Brenham Elementary's isolation plan could make whatever behavioral problems are going on worse.

"Playing in one square, that's not realistic for any kid, I don't care if he has ADHD or not," said Timmis. "It's more of a punishment than setting him up for success."

Andrade says the school was responsive to her concerns, but she's speaking out because she's worried the district doesn't know how to appropriately deal with students suffering from ADHD just like her son.

"I feel heartbroken because I don't believe my child is a bad child," said Andrade. "It kills me inside as a mom because if I would've responded sooner he wouldn't have had to go through that."