Teacher Forgets Student in Time-Out Before Going Home
A Washington Elementary school kindergarten teacher put her student, Tanner Cagle, in a “tutor room” during school for removing a link from the Christmas countdown chain and then forgot the little boy was in there.
The teacher then left for the day.
“The door was closed, the lights were off and he was sitting on the floor,” said James Cagle, whose son Tanner was left behind. “He had urinated in his pants, he was cold and was crying – he was scared.”
Idaho’s Caldwell School District says it's taking the situation very seriously and investigating the situation. Meanwhile, some parents say they have seen the teacher in the classroom since the incident happened.
I am the mother of a kindergartner myself and if this were to happen, I would be livid. I understand that people make mistakes and it’s easy to get distracted at the end of the day and forget things, like turning off the lights or erasing the chalkboards but not actual children.
I also understand that teachers do employ time outs for bad behavior and they seem to work. Students hate to be singled out and separated from the class because of bad behavior. Normally, these time outs (at our school anyway) take place in the hallway. Kids are never sent to broom closets or under stairwells or even out of the way tutor rooms. I suspect this has something to do with out of sight out of mind and someone could forget about the child.
What really concerns me is why wasn’t this noticed at the end of the day at dismissal? Shouldn’t someone be keeping track of the kids, who we leave in the care of the teachers, to make sure they are actually being sent home to their parents? Isn’t that part of the implied responsibility of being a kindergarten teacher?
I trust my children’s teachers with my most precious things in my life, my children. That trust would be severely violated if my child were to be lost, misplaced or forgotten about. People make mistakes. I get that but, at the very least, she owes the child and his parents an apology and I think some childcare and sensitivity classes may be in order.
I can’t imagine how terrified this poor little kid was. At that age, my girls obey their teachers without question. I’m pretty sure if they were told to stand in a corner and the teacher forgot about them, they would not say a peep because they are too afraid to speak back to a teacher. All I can think about is that tiny kindergartner huddled in a cold, dark room feeling like no one cares about him and no one is coming to save him.
What would you do if your kindergartener didn’t come home from school, only to find out that a teacher in a hurry forgot she’d banished him to a room by himself and then went on about her merry way, never thinking twice?