Kristin Ohsfeldt, a Memphis kindergarten teacher at A.B. Hill Elementary, has been suspended for allegedly placing 5-year-old Akeelah Joseph in a locked closet for playing too much. The teacher then went home sick but forgot to tell anyone about Joseph, according to WREG.
Luckily for Joseph, who suffers from asthma, a substitute teacher happened upon her an hour later and let her out.
The principal of the school and Joseph’s mother have filed a police report against Ohsfeldt, but the locked closet incident is not the first time the teacher has disciplined a student in this manner.
According to Wanda, she received a call about the incident two hours after it happened. She told WREG that her daughter had never been in trouble at school before and that she really liked Ohsfeldt. “I am hearing that the teacher locked my child in a closet because she was supposedly bad,” she said. “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!”
Ohsfeldt is the school’s team leader of the discipline program. According to Wanda, the educator should be handed walking papers for endangering her child, whom she says is now afraid to go back to 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. I think she needs to lose her job over that,” Wanda told WREG.
Meanwhile, not only are the Memphis police and school board investigating the allegations against Ohsfeldt but the Department of Child Services have also been notified.