Texas mom Jennifer Clark’s daughter has autism, and is sensitive to being touched by other people.
That’s why the second grader was enrolled in a program for children with special needs at David Elementary in The Woodlands, KHOU reports.
But now, the mom said she’s pulling her daughter out after an incident occurred on the very first day.
Clark’s daughter misbehaved at recess and was sent home with a note, but it didn’t mention how she was punished for the misbehavior.
Then, the young girl later told her mother that she’d been grabbed by the arm and locked in a closet by the teacher. Clark said the teacher made no mention of it:
“Shouting, kicking, and she knocked over a desk. It didn’t mention anything about her being put in a room alone.”
The mother later spoke to a principal, who showed her a video. And sure enough, the footage showed her daughter being shut inside a closet-sized room.
Clark said the she wants an apology. But she hasn’t gotten one yet.
In response to the incident, Conroe Independent School District issued the following statement:
“From time to time, it may become necessary to separate a student from other students for a limited period…for that student to regain self-control. These times of separation are in locations that allow for supervision by appropriate classroom staff and are implemented in such a way as to protect the health and safety of the student and others.”
The mother said she plans to homeschool her daughter moving forward, because she “can’t put her through any more of these experiences.”
It’s unclear how long the child was kept inside the closet.