Skip to comments.Kindergarten student locked in closet for punishment
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 couldnt make it to the bathroom, said Joseph.
Akeelahs mother says she was found in that closet by a substitute teacher after Oshfeldt went home sick.
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The Sensory deprivation will help the child get in touch with themselves. /sarcasm
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.
I spent a whole school year with my desk moved into the cloak hall. Nothing wrong with me today . . . well, mostly.
Lawyers are having fistfights to be the first to her door.
Were you able to hear the teacher? able to do school work?
Someone at the school would be in for it, if it was my five year old.
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
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.
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.
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.
Me too. Some of the comments here are disgusting.
Locked? Good grief, think what could have happened if there was a fire.
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.”
You dont do a child like that. If youre going to punish a child you tell them to stop and behave or youre going to write them up and send them to office. You dont 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.
Wandas 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
Terror works. I asked a high school asst. principal how he maintained discipline. He leaned over and whispered,”Terror.”
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!
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.
When I get out of here somebody is going to be sorry!
“I don’t care who you are that’s funny’!
At least you have the Internet and could summon help.
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.
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.
I deserved it as much. I was a bad boy.
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.
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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.
always in the hallway when I was a kid
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.
My teacher locked my in closet, once.....ONCE!
Does this mean you're all "out of the closet" now? ;-)
For a parent, it would be child abuse.
For a teacher? Pfffttt, no big deal......
The hypocrisy is staggering.
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