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Teacher Locks 5-Year-Old Girl With Asthma in a Closet For Over an Hour

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM
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Teacher Locks 5-Year-Old Girl With Asthma in a Closet For Over an Hour

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A teacher in Memphis, Tennessee landed herself in hot water after deciding it was a good idea to lock a 5-year-old girl in a closet to reprimand her for “being bad.”

According to reports, Kristin Oshfeldt, a kindergarten teacher A.B. Hill Elementary, has been suspended with pay following the incident that has left 5-year-old Akeelah Joseph terrified to go back to school. Joseph was in the dark closet for over an hour and was only found by a substitute teacher after Oshfeldt wound up going home early because she was sick.

“I was playing too much,” said Akeelah of the reason why Oshfeldt locked her in the closet to begin with. “I almost peed on myself if I didn’t make it the bathroom.”

Akeelah’s mother Wanda Joseph says she was horrified to learn that the teacher treated her daughter so poorly.

“I am hearing that the teacher locked my child in a closet, because she was supposedly bad,” said Joseph. “You don’t do that. I hurried up to the school and started yelling, ‘Where my daughter at? Where my daughter at?’ She was cold. She came out cold and shaking. Plus she has asthma. She could have had an asthma attack in that closet!”

Reports claim that this may not have been the first time that Oshfeldt has locked a child in the closet to discipline them, and the mother of one another kindergartener at A.B. Hill says that’s not what she sends her child to school for.

“You shouldn’t have to worry about this,” said mother Branelle McGaughy. “You send your kids to school to learn. Not to be put in closets and hit over the head with rulers and stuff like that.”

Akeelah’s mother says that locking a young child in a closet as punishment is unacceptable.

"You don't do a child like that,” said Wanda Joseph. “If you're going to punish a child, you tell them to stop and behave or you're going to write them up and send them to office. You don't put a child in a closet, period.”

The school district, the Memphis police department, and the Department of Children’s Services are currently investigating the incident. Oshfeldt remains suspended with pay while the investigation continues.

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jllcali
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM
That is unacceptable
wohthereturbo
by New Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
This is the problem with many Unions, likely she will get remied and just placed elsewhere. Ifthe special Ed aid can soak crayons in hot sauce, and still work. I doubt much will happen
AtiFreeFalls
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM

 So very thankful for my daughter's kindergarten teacher.  Holy shit.  I would be livid and I would be going after that teacher's job.  Totally unacceptable.

bec94
by Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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No child should ever be locked in a closet! I would fight to have her fired! If you don't have the patience to deal with young children, some in the school setting for the first time, you chose the wrong career. I'm just thinking how terrified my kids would be. My bloods boiling!

A-nony-mous
by Bronze Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Of course she's suspended with pay. Heaven forbid a teacher who does this lose even a day of pay because maybe it's a bad idea to shove children into closets and forget about them. They'll wait until the press dies down and the Teacher will come back, having not lost a dime of her income, and continue terrorizing the school. That's how it always works when Teachers behave badly. The school district suspends with pay, cites an "investigation" which they can't talk about for "privacy reasons" and then that's it. Teacher comes back or moves to another district and continues teaching. 

LNLMommy
by Queen K on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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same here! I would be the school's worse nightmare if that happened to my child. This is not acceptable-period! Suspended with pay my ass..she needs to be out of the educational field altogether. It takes a lot of patience to deal with kindergartners-the job is not for everybody

Quoting bec94: No child should ever be locked in a closet! I would fight to have her fired! If you don't have the patience to deal with young children, some in the school setting for the first time, you chose the wrong career. I'm just thinking how terrified my kids would be. My bloods boiling!


masonmomma
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:24 AM
WTF made her think that would be ok? I'm glad children's services and the police are involved rather than the school just investigating it.
Jenniy
by Bronze Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM
I'd have her job and press charges, and if she somehow wasn't convicted I'd kicked her ass from one end of the city to the next.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Would that not qualify as neglect?

if this is true, the teacher, at the very minimum, should be fired.

amyasmommy2005
by Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

i don't even know what i would do if this was my child. I would have gone off on the teacher, the principal, the school board everyone would have heard my mouth.

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