Tennessee Kindergarten Teacher Reportedly Locks 5-Year-Old In Closet and Goes Home

Tennessee Kindergarten Teacher Reportedly Locks 5-Year-Old In Closet and Goes Home

A kindergarten teacher in Memphis, Tenn., is being accused of locking a student in a closet and then forgetting about her after she went home sick.

Kristin Ohsfeldt, who teaches at A.B. Hill Elementary, allegedly punished Akeelah Joseph, 5, on Tuesday by locking her in a closet as punishment.

“I was playing too much,” Akeelah told WREG-TV.

Deanna Williams, whose granddaughter is also in Ohsfeldt’s class, said the girl likes Ohsfeldt and that the closet is a form of time-out.

“[My granddaughter] also said that the teacher is a nice teacher but when the teacher puts them in there for time out that she gives them a book, she gives them beads to count and it’s just a time-out, but my concern was why we weren’t informed,” Williams told WAFB-TV.

In Akeelah’s case, it was more than a time-out. It seems Ohsfeldt went home sick andforgot to let Akeelah out or inform her fellow employees, CBS News reported.

A substitute teacher finally found the girl and released her, Fox17.com reported.

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Source: Black Voices