Teacher 'locked child in dark room, went home'

Alexandra Pleffer, ninemsn
5:46pm December 3, 2012
A US man says a teacher went home and left his five-year-old son in a small, dark room.

A US kindergarten teacher shut a five-year-old boy in a "closet" with no lights before going home and leaving him there, the child's father claims. 

James Cagle said he first started to worry about his five-year-old son Tanner when he didn't come home on the school bus on Wednesday.

Mr Cagle said when he and his wife went to the child's Idaho school to look for him, they found him crying and scared, trapped in a small, dark room.

The furious father said his son's teacher admitted to putting the child in the room to discipline him but forgot to let him out before leaving at the end of the day.

"They're saying, 'The door was unlocked, he could have got out'," Mr Cagle told ABC News.

"He's five years old.

Tanner Cagle, who was reportedly left in a small, dark room by his teacher.
Tanner Cagle, who was reportedly left in a small, dark room by his teacher.

"If he was put in that room, he's supposed to stay there.

"Then the teacher goes home."

He is calling for the teacher to be formally punished.

"If somebody called the police and said, 'There's a dad that locked his kid in a small room with no lights and he was in there so long and he was crying and he urinated his pants,' I would be going to jail," he said.

"At the very least, Child Protective Services would be taking my children.

"How is it any different for a school teacher?"

The Caldwell School District said it regretted the incident and would do what it could to make sure it didn't happen again.

Source: ABC News, On Your Side

Author: Alexandra Pleffer, Approving Editor: Fiona Willan

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