A Minnesotan teacher in the Jackson County Central School District has been the talk of the town, using two chairs to lock a middle schooler in the closet and forbidding his classmates to help him as they watch him asking for help.
The 54-second video shows a student locked in the school closet and begging to be let out as other students laugh.
One tender-hearted girl approaches the closet in an attempt to help him out, but not until the teacher says, “No, no, no, no, no, uh huh.” The teacher's threat was more than enough to scare the young girl, who walks away as she says, “I’m not even doing anything,”
Other Students keep watching and laughing out loud as the locked student knocks on the closet’s doors and asks, “Can I have help?”
The short video was first posted on Facebook, then it went viral and reached other social media platforms, upsetting many social media users who were disgusted by the teacher’s behavior.
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A Reddit user even encouraged the student to sue the teacher. They posted, “You should’ve gone to your lawyers. There’s no way this is legal,”
Another user shared a similar horrifying experience to this one. They commented, “I was locked in a closet in the 2 grade.”
Other Reddit users thought this teacher is normalizing abuse. They shared, “If you listen closely, you can hear the sounds of kids being conditioned that abusing others is normal and funny,”
On the other hand, a few people were only concerned about what this student did to end up in the school’s closet, but they will soon get the typical and logical response, “no one deserves to be locked in a closet.”
The incident, which allegedly took place in September, was covered by local news.
According to the Jackson County Pilot, the alleged classroom incident involving a middle school student locked in a closet is being investigated.
“The health and safety of your children is one of the top priorities of the District,” the district stated in an attempt to assure concerned parents.
But until the moment, there have been no more updates from the district about the status of the teacher accused of locking his student in the school’s closet.
What do you think about this incident?
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I have been a Special Education Teacher for almost 23 years and watching this video and seeing what this teacher did to this student makes me so very angry. There are so, so many other appropriate ways that this situation could have been handled. I personally feel that the moment the school and district administration saw this video, this teacher should have been fired immediately. Then the local police should have charged her with child abuse and using corporal punishment as a form of discipline, which is illegal under Federal Law. Then the parent's of this student should be suing this teacher in court for this incident and what they did to their child and pressing charges themselves, if the local police refused to do it. Finally, the State of Minnesota should revoke this teacher's license to teach in their state and share this information with the other 49 states in our country, so they are prevented from teaching legally anywhere else in the United States.
Do that to my kid and I will personally lock you in a closet until you are weeping with despair.
I would have gone to jail that day for unleashing an unmerciful ass whooping on that teacher!
Teachers do not have effective disciplinary options in the classroom. If the teacher locked him in then it may have been a last resort. Maybe the kid was prepared to perpetuate violence and she felt containment stopped that action. I personally know kids that were expelled at primary school age for behavior that the school is not able to deal with. e.g. 9 y.o. was expelled on the very first day of his new school because he threw a chair and gave the principle the rude finger. The school did not have options for his behavior and now at age nine...no school will accept him. He is socially isolated in the small town , which is the catch 22 that further demoralizes a kid with poor coping skills. Instead of condemning teachers...give them options in a crisis situation. Because a kid out of control should not be expelled...from the education system. Nor should a teacher be left unimpowered in an increasingly violent society that lacks empathy for teachers.
Are you insane? If that's the case, then the teacher should have sent the child to the office so the principal can take over the situation and get the parents there and involved!!!! Wow!!!!
It is abuse!!! Plain and simple!!
This was common back in the 60s when corporal punishment ruled for some teachers. More of a public beating than punishment. There was a coat room where kids where routinely locked in. We didn't laugh ever because we were all too scared to say anything. If you went home and told your parents (most didn't) you paid for it if your parents contacted the school. What a terrible example of the empathy a teacher should feel for the children entrusted in their care. Remember at least 20 GREAT teachers who inspired me to read more, learn more and we always looked forward to seeing them. My first-grade teacher enjoyed hurting and humiliating children.
As a last resort? This type of reasoning is ridicules as the other students are laughing and taunting. This teacher has created a situation which could have escalated into something far worse that needed be, involving her ENTIRE classroom. I don't feel her actions were justified no matter what the boy had done. I completely agree with Cosmo, everything he had to say was spot on. If we sit back and do nothing, we are sending a message that this type of disciplinary action is acceptable. Schools have higher channels for discipline problems, this teacher should have involved the principal or perhaps school security if this child was an immediate threat.....
Still, I'm curious, do you have any children?
I would have a serious problem with the whole school system if my any of my children were treated this way and it went unaddressed.
This teacher abused her position, has mentally and physically traumatized this young man. She should be fired and prosecuted.
Because the school board gave this person administrative leave instead of firing the person sends a message of not caring for the students that they are supposed to protect while they are under their care from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm. What else has been going on in this school district that the school board has given this nonchalant attitude to just like they have done in this matter? You all need to vote those people out of those offices and replace them with people that mean what they say and say what they mean at all times and not just when it is time to vote!!!!!
In the fourth grade at Buffalo/Ceredo, my route to the bus driver's house included watching out for pig poop, since the driver was a pig farmer. One morning I slipped and fell into the poop. When I got to school, the teacher said "You're gonna spend the day in the bathroom" which I did. In those days such behavior was tolerated. That was in 1959. I have since recovered. from the trauma. Just hope this child doesn't have to be my age before he recovers