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School Officials Suspend Teacher Accused Of Locking Students In Closet

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File photo of high school students painting in art class.  (credit: Christopher Futcher/Getty Images)

File photo of high school students painting in art class. (credit: Christopher Futcher/Getty Images)

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WILLIAMS, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) – School officials have suspended a Williams High School teacher for the remainder of the fall semester due to allegations that she locked students in a closet in order to discipline them.

Rachel Savage, the superintendent of Williams Unified Schools, said that students brought complaints to the principal stating that they had been locked in an art room storage closet.

“It was pretty tight, pretty tight,” one student told KPNX-TV.

Herman Nixon, Chief of Williams Police told the station that his department began an investigation the next day.

According to the police report obtained by the station, the teacher told the students not to go into the closet.

The students reportedly went in anyway, at which point the teacher locked the door, trapping them inside. The complaint claims the students were locked in the closet for more than 30 minutes.

KPNX reports that Savage did recommend for the teacher to be fired, additionally noting that student safety is her top priority.

After a recent hearing conducted by the school board, the teacher was reportedly suspended without pay.

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