Teacher Puts Kindergartner in Small, Dark Room & Goes Home for the Day

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dark classroomForgetfulness. It happens to the best of us, doesn't it? Now imagine it's a teacher who has forgotten that she banished a kindergartner to a small, dark room? And by forgetting, I mean the teacher actually left for the day, leaving him to be found, alone and scared, by his parents who ran to the school when their little boy didn't clamber off the bus at his stop.

Would you be livid? Me too. And so are the parents of 5-year-old Tanner Cagle, who say their son was essentially locked in a closet by a teacher and left to wet his pants and cry in the dark.

I can forgive human forgetfulness. But I can't forgive a teacher for forgetting a student in the dark and leaving for the day.

I'm not even sure I can forgive her for putting him in a dark room to begin with. Although, to be fair, the room Tanner was placed in is considered a tutoring room, not some dark broom closet. It is a place for kids, and there are benefits to time-out when disciplining kids. Sometimes simply being removed from the situation makes all the difference.

That said, it's a teacher's responsibility to account for the whereabouts of her kids. Every. Single. Kid.

This applies to any particular moment of the day but is especially crucial at day's end. We want to know our kids are getting on the right buses or going home with the right adult. We want to know that our kids are actually GOING HOME!

We trust our children's teachers to know where they are because they're in charge, the responsible adults who act as our stand-ins during the school day when we aren't there to watch them. Forgetting a kid, even for a few minutes, is unacceptable. Forgetting one in a dark room and leaving for the day? That should bring some serious discipline down on this teacher's shoulders. What if something terrible had happened to this child -- beyond the trauma he already suffered of course?

Has a teacher ever forgotten your child? What happened?


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bills... billsfan1104

Why do these people keep going to the media? I am sure that the school will take care of it. If they dont, then thats when they go to the media.

And honestly, its an honest mistake. I would be pissed for about a minute, ask the teacher to apologize and make sure that it doesnt happen again.

But what I want to know, was the door locked? Why didnt he open the door?

Sierr... SierraLynn

I agree about going to the media if the school is refusing to do anything.

But locking a child in a dark room and LEAVING! Hell no. There is no excuse. None. I would be petitioning for her removal from the school.

Carmen Ruth

He's a kindergartner.  He probably thought if he opened the door he would get in trouble.

There is no excuse for this kind of treatment.  He didn't even do anything remotely terrible.  If it were my kid I wouldn't rest until the teacher is fired.

Cemom... Cemommster

Billsfan1104, really?  So a child should be UNSUPERVISED? Really?  No child should be without an adult.  Detention in highschool has an adult.  Why doesn't elementary school?

OoOJa... OoOJanisOoO

I agree with Cemommster. The child should never have been left alone in the first place.  They could have had an aide or volunteer stay in the room with him until he calmed down.

divam... divamomtjcj

the child should have never been put there in the 1st place ! thats neglect. she should be fired and charged !

abra819 abra819

oh, livid doesn't even begin to explain how I would be feeling....

jrl90 jrl90

really billsfan? what an idiotic thing to say. Way to trivialize the situation, I'm sure you'd feel much differently if it was your child and if not perhaps you need to reassess your parenting. A 5 year old was left alone in a dark room, that is NEVER okay!  We as parents entrust teachers to take care of our children for hours a day and this is not acceptable. I would definitely go to the media since the school hasn't done anything to the teacher as of yet.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

there arent even words to express how upset i would be. I would be pissed for way more than a minute & an apology would be nice & all. But would in no way make up for shutting my kid in a small dark room & forgetting about him! Thats just ridiculous.

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