Mom Of Child Put In Closet Says Teacher’s Punishment Is Not Enough

(Memphis) The mother of a Memphis kindergarten student put in a closet as punishment said the school district hasn’t done enough to discipline the teacher who did it.

A day after the incident, A.B. Hill Elementary School teacher Kristin Oshfeldt was suspended with pay and school administrators told News Channel 3 what she did was clearly against school policy.

Wanda Joseph said her daughter is still traumatized by what happened and hasn’t been back to school.

She doesn’t think Oshfeldt should be allowed back in any classroom.

“I think she ought to lose her job for this. I really do feel like she needs to lose her job for this,” said Joseph.

Akeelah Jospeh was left in the closet for over an hour Tuesday.

She was discovered by a substitute teacher after Oshfeldt went home sick.

Joseph is upset Shelby County Schools has not called to apologize or check on her daughter and she’s not surprised her daughter’s ordeal is getting so much attention.

“She put a child in closet. That’s a story. You don’t put a child in closet for nothing,” said Joseph.

Shelby County Schools is still investigating what happened.

Memphis police and child services are also looking into the matter.


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