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Five-Year-Old Says Teacher Locked Her In Closet

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A kindergarten teacher in Tennessee is in hot water for allegedly locking a five-year-old student in a closet for over an hour.

"I'm hearing that the teacher locked my child in a closet because she was being bad? You don't do that. So I hurry up and got to the school, I'm like, ‘where my daughter at?'" recalled mother Wanda Joseph.

Five-year-old Akeelah Joseph recalls the scary predicament after her teacher, Kristen Oshfeldt, locked her in a dark classroom closet.

"I almost peed on myself because I couldn't make it to the bathroom," said Akeelah Joseph.

The student was only found after the girl's teacher went home and a substitute teacher came in.

"She was cold, she came out cold, shaking, plus she got asthma. My baby could have had an asthma attack in that closet," said Wanda Joseph.

The district says that the actions that Oshfeldt is accused of are not a part of its disciplinary policy.

Students say this isn't the first time something like this has happened. The girl's mom, Wanda Joseph, wants the teacher fired.

"The principal like, he gonna write up, talk to us, see what happened. Then he gonna send the paper to the Board of Education and they gonna suspend her or fire her. I think she need to lose her job for that," said Wanda. "She really liked her teacher, but I didn't know she would do her like that, do a child like that, put someone in a closet."

Oshfeldt is being suspended with pay while the school investigates.

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