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A school has won widespread praise after sending children to mandatory meditation instead of detention.

Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, established its "Mindful Moment" program, which involves children being sent to a mindful moment room when they misbehave.

They are then given the opportunity to stretch and practice yoga and meditation - all with the aim of encouraging them to wind down and relax in the face of stressful situations.

The program was created through the school's partnership with the nonprofit organization, The Holistic Life Foundation. The foundation provides a staff member in the room at all times to help the children work through whatever has caused them to misbehave.

The room's importance is emphasized by the fact that many children in the area come from deprived backgrounds, with 25% of Baltimore residents living below the poverty line. The school's principal, Carlillian Thompson, said that they even have some pupils who are homeless, which is why it's of the utmost importance that the school is a safe, relaxing environment for them.

The success of the program speaks to itself had Principal Thompson said that he now rarely has to speak to students over disciplinary issues.