Memphis Teacher Locks Kindergarten Student In Closet For Misbehaving

January 16, 2014  |  

Let’s just get right into it: A Memphis, Tennessee, teacher has been suspended for locking a five-year-old student in a closet.

On Tuesday, the teacher, Kristin Ohfeldt, locked Akeelah Joseph in a classroom closet and then went home, claiming she was sick. Ohfeldt didn’t notify school faculty or staff  the child was in the closet when she left the premises and a substitute teacher who took over Ohfeldt’s class when she left found the kindergarten student an hour later.

Fortunately, the child was not harmed, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t humiliated. WREG spoke to Akeelah about the event and she told them she was locked in the closet because:

“I was playing too much; I almost peed on myself if I didn’t make it to the bathroom.”

Akeelah’s mother, Wanda Joseph,, stated this was the first time her child has received disciplinary action like this from her school:

“I am hearing that the teacher locked my child in a closet, because she was supposedly bad. 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!”

This may be Akeelah’s first time getting in trouble, but this is not the first time Kristin Ohfeldt has locked a student in the closet. After this incident, other children came forward to say Ohfeldt has dealt them the same punishment. Now Akeelah is afraid to return to school. Her mother said:

“She really liked her teacher, but I didn’t know she would do her like that, do a child like that, put someone in a closet.”

Joseph says she thinks Ohfeldt should be fired from the school, and as of now the Department Of Child Services have been notified and police and school official are continuing to investigate this case. So far no charges have been filed against the teacher.

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