SCS Fires Teacher Accused Of Leaving 5-Year-Old In Closet

Akeelah

(Shelby County) The teacher accused of leaving a 5-year-old girl in a closet was fired by the SCS board Tuesday night.

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

Oshfeldt defended herself through the Memphis Education Association, saying she’s put children in that isolated spot before for punishment and that she gave students a choice where they want to spend time out.

Five-year-old Akeelah Joseph was left in the closet for more than an hour, and was found after Oshfeldt had gone home sick and a substitute teacher came in.

“I almost peed on myself because I couldn’t make it to the bathroom,” Akeelah said.

WREG asked SCS about the incident in January, and it would only say the actions Oshfeldt was accused of are not a part of its discipline policy.