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Teacher disciplined after locking teens in closet

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A high school teacher in Williams, Ariz. has been suspended for the rest of the semester after locking disobedient students in a classroom closet.

Sheldon White may have 17 years teaching experience, but he landed himself in trouble after locking 3 students in a closet for half an hour last month.

Parents may be upset, but the Coconino County Attorney's Office failed to file any criminal charges against White. They called it a matter for the school to handle.

Superintendent of Williams Schools Rachel Savage sent us this statement: "Williams Unified School District notified law enforcement and cooperated with its investigation.  As superintendent, I found this conduct serious and made a recommendation to the governing board to impose serious discipline/dismiss."

White was suspended without pay for the rest of the semester -- a period of 19 school days -- and will be able to return afterwards.

A friend of one of the students told FOX 10 they were told numerous times not to go in the closet and did anyway. While locked inside the closet, that student "didn't seem scared at all."

White didn't have any disciplinary actions against him during his 17-year career. The school says that was taken into consideration while determining his penalty.

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