James Burns wasn’t sure if what he was seeing was real.
He saw a bed, linoleum floors and fluorescent lights, but the medication in his bloodstream had been causing him to hallucinate. He walked to the door and found it locked. He screamed in panic and kicked the door. People came into the room, restrained him and injected him with tranquilizers, knocking him out. When he woke up, the cycle repeated.
Burns was 6 years old, and was being subjected to two weeks of solitary confinement for the first time. It wouldn’t be the last.