Wauwatosa elementary student alleges teacher put him in closet

May 18, 2011

A Lincoln Elementary teacher was placed on administrative leave after allegations arose that she made a 10-year-old student stand in a closet for 35 minutes after he disrupted class by laughing.

According to the police report:

The student's father came to the Wauwatosa Police Department on Friday after his son told him about the incident, which the son said had happened two weeks earlier at the school, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave. The student said he was told to stand in the closet with the lights on for about half an hour, while another student who was disciplined was sent to the cafeteria.

In another incident May 12, the same teacher grabbed the student by the back of the shirt, causing scratches on his back and making him bump his head, according to the student and his father.

The complaint was forwarded to the Police Department's detective bureau for further review.

The boy's father brought up both incidents with the school's principal, who said an internal review is under way by the School Board.

Wauwatosa Schools spokesman Chris Preisler said via email on Tuesday that the district's internal investigation into the matter has not yet been completed.

The teacher was put on administrative leave Monday pending the results of the investigation, Preisler said.


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