Tennessee teacher accused of locking kindergartner in closet as punishment

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis kindergarten teacher is accused of punishing a student by locking her in a closet.

A.B. Hill Elementary teacher Kristin Ohsfeldt reportedly locked the child in the closet and then went home sick. But she didn't tell anyone where the little girl was.

A substitute teacher found her an hour later.

According to WREG, Akeelah Joseph, 5, said she was scared no one would find her. She said her teacher put her in the closet as punishment because she was playing too much.

A police report was filed by both the mother and principal.

Akeelah’s mother, Wanda Joseph, said she got a call from the principal two hours after it happened.

She said this was the first time her daughter had been in trouble. She said she couldn't believe the teacher would do such a thing, especially since her daughter has asthma and could have had an attack.

The teacher has been suspended during the investigation.

No charges have been filed.

Source: WREG

7 comments

  • Debbie

    Suspended with pay??? why not suspend without pay and if you find no fault (which I doubt) then you back pay them. If this was my daughter, you’d be paying her hospital bills!!!

  • Valerie

    I Notice Many Times That The Wrong Ones Are Working With Children. Just For Money, And Can’t Take The Way Children Suppose To Act. Many Are Forced To Act Like Adults That’s Why When They Grow Up They Act Bad. The Workers Need To Be Watched Many Times By The Owners.

    • Nora

      Valerie, You are so right on with what has been going on for way too long in this country! Tell it like it is Valerie, lift that vale. That’s an abuser chasing a dollar, the gold is weighing her down. The deserves more than suspension. That’s a freaking crime.

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