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Kindergarten student locked in closet for punishment
LOCAL 21 NEWS ^ | 15 JANUARY 2014 | LAUREN GROSS

Posted on 01/15/2014 6:46:35 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist

MEMPHIS -- The Shelby County School district is speaking out for the first time about accusations that a teacher locked a 5-year-old in a closet for more than an hour.

The kindergartener was found only after the teacher went home and a sub came in.

A.B. Hill Kindergarten teacher Kristin Oshfeldt is suspended with pay while the Shelby County School district investigates some pretty horrifying accusations against her. Five-year-old Akeelah Joseph says Oshfeldt locked her in a dark classroom closet at A.B. Hill Elementary.

“I almost peed on myself because I couldn’t make it to the bathroom,” said Joseph.

Akeelah’s mother says she was found in that closet by a substitute teacher after Oshfeldt went home sick.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Education
KEYWORDS: arth

1 posted on 01/15/2014 6:46:35 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The Sensory deprivation will help the child get in touch with themselves. /sarcasm


2 posted on 01/15/2014 6:49:00 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

There’s a story in our family about a relative a hundred years ago who was put in what was called then the “cloak room” for punishment. In those days you went to the cloak room for a day. He had to go to the bathroom so he peed into the teacher’s umbrella.

Nobody sued the school system.


3 posted on 01/15/2014 6:49:42 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

I spent a whole school year with my desk moved into the cloak hall. Nothing wrong with me today . . . well, mostly.


4 posted on 01/15/2014 6:52:06 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Lawyers are having fistfights to be the first to her door.


5 posted on 01/15/2014 7:03:19 PM PST by fso301
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To: WorkingClassFilth

That’s amazing.

Were you able to hear the teacher? able to do school work?


6 posted on 01/15/2014 7:03:24 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Someone at the school would be in for it, if it was my five year old.


7 posted on 01/15/2014 7:03:26 PM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

We had a girl “punished” in the cloak closet and we all went home. Her mom called my mom....and I remembered that’s where she was. 1950’s


8 posted on 01/15/2014 7:07:56 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

This was severe punishment by today’s standards, and therefore possibly traumatic for this little girl, given the ease in standards today.

In other words, few of us grew up when children were treated as the center of the universe at home. Misbehavior at school wasn’t tolerated, paddles were nearby, and double trouble when you got home to mom and dad. We were loved, yes, but our parents had a life too, so we behaved to fit in it. Or else.


9 posted on 01/15/2014 7:07:56 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
lol I squirted my 7th grade substitute math teacher with my squirt gun to impress the boy who sat behind me. Can you imagine what would happen if I did that today?

The only reason I didn't get in trouble is some boy did something worse. He threw an eraser and broke the sheriff's daughter's glasses.

10 posted on 01/15/2014 7:10:41 PM PST by Aliska
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To: corlorde

I bet they would.

However, my parents would have said, “If you don’t like the punishment, mind your teacher”. But that was why kids use to mind back then.


11 posted on 01/15/2014 7:13:19 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: corlorde

Me too. Some of the comments here are disgusting.


12 posted on 01/15/2014 7:14:50 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Locked? Good grief, think what could have happened if there was a fire.


13 posted on 01/15/2014 7:17:46 PM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: corlorde

Hubby and I would probably be a bit miffed as well though our current five year old can be a bit of a pain. Really. His teacher seems to “get” him though, so maybe he will avoid the closet or potty room or wherever might be a place to put a little monster child. I was at the school recently, and I took the sweet little five year olds to lunch. When we were lined up in the hallway returning to the classroom, some of the children were leaning against the wall and a janitor’s closet door. The teacher walked up and noticed these children leaning on the janitor’s closet door, and she told them they should not do that because the door might open and they would fall inside. The boys looked at each other and got a look of fear. They said, “oh, don’t lean on that door. The Mop Monster might come out and get you!” I looked at the teacher who looked just a tad guilty. She nodded at them, looked at me, and said, “They have vivid imaginations at this age.”


14 posted on 01/15/2014 7:24:26 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
The district’s policy actually bans physical punishment of any kind, and that includes locking someone in a closet.

“You don’t do a child like that. 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,” said Wanda Joseph.

Well perhaps this is why there is no discipline in schools today. And there being no discipline in schools today is why the schools are failing.

Wanda’s grasp of the English language demonstrates that the schools system in this country has been in desperate straits for some time.

Yes wanda, telling a child to stop and behave, that works every time. /S

15 posted on 01/15/2014 7:30:37 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Good. Grief.


16 posted on 01/15/2014 7:44:18 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: petitfour

Terror works. I asked a high school asst. principal how he maintained discipline. He leaned over and whispered,”Terror.”


17 posted on 01/15/2014 7:45:51 PM PST by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: Aliska

I remember when Tommy M. hit Sister Catherine, square in the face, with a Frito Bandito eraser.(Not on purpose, of course)

Now, that was a scandal!


18 posted on 01/15/2014 8:28:16 PM PST by logitech (It is time.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I know using the closet for punishment would not be tolerated these days, but my kindergarten teacher did it all the time. This was back in the forties when teachers had no aides and huge classes. My class was part of an experimental program in which we started kindergarten at four and a half years old.

I don’t remember any of the parents objecting to the teacher’s methods and the kids all loved her. Of course she never left a child in the closet and went home like this idiot teacher.


19 posted on 01/15/2014 9:43:05 PM PST by chronicles
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I was locked in a closet in Kindergarten.

When I get out of here somebody is going to be sorry!

20 posted on 01/15/2014 9:49:30 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar

“I don’t care who you are that’s funny’!
At least you have the Internet and could summon help.
;^ }


21 posted on 01/15/2014 10:09:23 PM PST by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: lonestar

Teachers did this a lot when I was a kid; it was a cloak room, so a little larger than a “closet” possibly.

My Dad had his mouth taped shut (numerous times...LOL!); and was once forced to sit at his desk, with his mouth taped shut, until his parents noticed that he wasn’t home for Dinner. The teacher, who was still sitting at her desk at 6:00 PM, had decided to just make him stay until someone came looking for him so that they could all have a “discussion” about his behavior.

Needless to say, Dad was in BIG TROUBLE.


22 posted on 01/15/2014 10:19:57 PM PST by garandgal
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To: ladyjane

The cloak hall was a literal hall divided from the room by a single open ended wall. I could see and hear perfectly but was separated from my classmates visually. I was “disruptive” and that was in the day when you got spankings in school - and home.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 2:57:31 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: corlorde

I deserved it as much. I was a bad boy.


24 posted on 01/16/2014 2:58:21 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Aliska

Yeah, that’s it. Squirt guns, spit balls, blow guns. All manner of weaponry and anti-social behavior. School bored me to tears and, yet, today, I’m better educated, secure and happier with life than the vast majority of my peers.

Thank God I’m a country boy.


25 posted on 01/16/2014 3:02:10 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; ...

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26 posted on 01/30/2014 6:39:48 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: WorkingClassFilth; ladyjane; GeronL

I remember kids having to sit in the “cloak room”, even kids sitting out in the hall if they were really bad, but never in a dark closet.

That is a little weird.


27 posted on 01/30/2014 6:44:42 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

always in the hallway when I was a kid


28 posted on 01/30/2014 7:02:32 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I was looking at a rental property once and noticed all the doors had the locks
on the outside of them. The Realtor said is used to be a daycare. I ran out of that place.
29 posted on 01/30/2014 7:27:33 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: metmom

I wonder what would’ve happened if the child’s parents were locking her in a dark closet as a form of discipline. An investigation would’ve been opened, with the child possibly removed from the home, etc.

Unless there’s a misunderstanding or another explanation here, the teacher should be fired.


30 posted on 01/30/2014 9:19:25 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: lonestar

My teacher locked my in closet, once.....ONCE!


31 posted on 01/30/2014 10:00:59 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator; All
It seems an awful lot of people here were locked in a closet.

Does this mean you're all "out of the closet" now? ;-)

(Just kidding.)

32 posted on 01/30/2014 10:09:48 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Exactly.

For a parent, it would be child abuse.

For a teacher? Pfffttt, no big deal......

The hypocrisy is staggering.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 5:54:20 AM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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