Girl, 5, tells of her terror after teacher locked her in a CLOSET for ‘playing too much’… and then left the school without telling anyone she was there
- 5-year-old Akeelah Joseph was locked in the closet as punishment because she was ‘playing too much’
- Children at the school say that this is not the first time that their teacher Kristin Ohsfeldt, has locked a child in the closet
- ‘I almost peed on myself if I didn’t make it the bathroom,‘ said Akeelah who was found trembling in the closet an hour later by a substitute teacher
- Ohsfeldt has been suspended but no charges have been filed
- Akeelah is asthmatic and potentially could have had a life threatening asthma attack in the closet where no one would have been able to save her
PUBLISHED: 16 January 2014
Police say a Memphis, Tennessee teacher locked a 5-year-old girl in a closet, then left the school because she was feeling sick.
Shelby County Schools says the teacher, Kristin Ohsfeldt, has been suspended.
According to police, the teacher at A.B. Hill Elementary locked up the kindergarten student Akeelah Joseph on Tuesday and then went home sick without telling anyone where she was.
A substitute teacher didn’t the discover the cold and frightened girl until an hour later.
Police say the child was not harmed and the teacher was not at the school when police arrived.
WREG interviewed Akeelah about the traumatic event. They asked her why the teacher had locked her in the closet.
‘I was playing too much,’ said Akeelah. ‘I almost peed on myself if I didn’t make it the bathroom.’
Akeelah’s mother, Wanda Joseph, told reporters this is the first time her daughter has gotten in trouble at 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?’’ said Joseph. ‘She was cold. She came out cold and shaking. Plus she has asthma. She could have had an asthma attack in that closet!’
Akeelah could have had a potentially threatening asthma attack and no one would have been able to find her.
This may have been the first time Akeelah got in trouble but its not the first time that the teacher has locked kids in the closet, according to children at the school.
Akeelah is afraid to return to school.
‘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,’ said Joseph.
Wanda Joesph believes that the teacher should be fired from the school.
‘The principal is going to talk to her and see what happened. Then he is going to send what happened to the Board of Education, and then see if they are going to suspend her or fire her. I think she needs to lose her job over that,’ said Joseph.
Police and school officials are investigating. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon
The Department of Child Services has been notified.
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