Frightened 5-year-old girl is locked in the closet as punishment for
1 HOUR after her teacher 'put her there then left school without
telling anyone where the girl was'
- 5-year-old Akeelah Joseph was locked in the closet as punishment because she was 'playing too much'
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.