Parents at Miramar Central primary school are calling for principal John Taylor-Smith to step down, after revelations about an 11-year-old autistic boy being locked in a small, dark “time out” room.

Parents with children at a Wellington primary school are planning to take them out after it was revealed a child with autism was locked in a small, dark, room.

On Monday morning a small group of parents from Miramar Central School met the principal, angered by reports that the 11-year-old boy had been put in the room and was found distraught by a behavioural therapist.

The New Zealand Herald reported that an investigation into the incident by the Ministry of Education found the boy had been in the room 13 times in nine days, and 10 other children had been shut in there since 2015.

The school posted a notice on its website on Monday morning saying it had stopped using the room, and was working with families of children with behavioural needs, and the ministry, to address behaviour matters.

One mother, who did not want to be named, said she was furious when she heard about the room. She and other parents were calling for principal John Taylor-Smith to step down, and for the school to hold a public meeting.

Taylor-Smith referred queries to the note released

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