Preschoolers Forced To Stand Naked In A Closet As Punishment
Parents have been left outraged after two teachers in East St. Louis were put on paid administrative leave for forcing preschoolers to stand naked in a closet as punishment for behaving badly.
“Children would misbehave in class and this teacher would have them disrobe and stand them, make them stand inside a closet for five or 10 minutes as their discipline. Then they would redress and join the class,” said campus Police Chief Kevin Schmoll.
CBS St. Louis reports that the chief revealed that at least 4 of the 20 students in the class had previously been forced to take their clothes off. The students are aged between 4 and 5 years old.
Apparently, this has been an ongoing issue since February, but police were only recently notified, “We felt that was very inappropriate and possibly there’s some criminal action, charges could come as a result of this,” he said.
Police don’t think that the teachers had any sexual motive in the punishments. The teacher has been reported as 26-years old. It is not clear if there will be any criminal charges.