CALDWELL -- A kindergarten teacher in Caldwell has been investigated for isolating a 5-year-old boy in a dark room at school for at least an hour. And that's just the beginning of the investigation.
The kindergarten teacher forgot she had placed the boy in the room. She left school for the day and left the boy behind.
James Cagle says he and his wife began to panic Wednesday when their 5-year-old son Tanner did not come home from school.
After about 45 minutes, Cagle says he and his wife went to Washington Elementary School to look for Tanner who attends morning kindergarten.
He says his wifeand a school secretarywent back to the kindergarten classroom area and found Tanner in a room, adjacent to the classrooms,in the dark.
He was scared. He was crying. He had urinated on himself. You know just think about that. A five-year-old boy, said James Cagle.
Cagle says his son had been in the room for an hour and a half, possibly an hour and 45 minutes.
I know that if I locked my child in a room long enough for him to urinate on himself, I'd be going to jail or child protective services would dang sure be here taking him out of my house that night, said Cagle.
I can understand why the parents would be uspet about this, said Caldwell Superintendent Tim Rosandick. I would be upset about this. We're quite upset about it. The teacher feels awful about it. And it's not something that we want to occur again, said Rosandick.
Caldwell Superintendent Tim Rosandick says the room is called a tutor room. It is where aides work with students one-on-one for educational purposes.
Rosandick says the room is also used by the emotionally-impaired classroom for pre-approved student management, when achild needs to be removed from a class because he's become violent toward himself or others.
However, the superintendent says the room is not intended to be usedfor disclipine bytraditional classroom teachers.
She (the teacher)should not have done that, Rosandick replied, That's not a preferred practice. That is not what we would have wanted her to do.
Rosandick said the teacher placed Tanner in the room -- for reasons not told -- at the end of morning kindergarten while she gathered the rest of the students together for their bus rides home.
What is very regrettable, and the teacher certainly feels awful about this, is the fact that the child was left in there and was essentially, she had forgotten that she had placed the child in that room, said Rosandick.
Rosandicksays the teacher has been investigated and the Caldwell School District has taken the appropriate personnel actions against her, but he isn't at liberty to say more.
KTVB isnot mentioning the name of the kindergarten teacher because she has not been charged with a crime.
Meanwhile, James Cagle met with the school principal Thursday morning. They agreed to place Tanner in another kindergarten classroom for the remainder of the school year.
I'm not saying I want to get her fired. I don't want to ruin her career. I don't know if she's just a first year teacher, I don't know. But in the very same breath, it's my kid, said Cagle.