A preschool teacher and her classroom assistant in Illinois have been placed on paid administrative leave after preschoolers were allegedly forced to stand naked in a closet after they misbehaved, authorities said.
The teacher in question has been teaching at a Head Start program ran by Southern Illinois University for the past three years in Edwardsville. She’s been using this form of punishment since February, police say.
“Children would misbehave in class, and the teacher would have them disrobe and stand them — make them stand inside a closet for five or 10 minutes as their discipline,” said Kevin Schmoll, university police chief. “Then they would redress and join the class.”