Schools are meant to be a safe space for children throughout Canada, where students are able to rely on and trust the teachers that are in charge. However, one Hamilton mother claims that her son came home upset after his teacher allegedly forced him into a storage closet because he was laughing in class. The board is now reviewing the situation.
The mother of the student told CBC that her 9-year-old son, who attends Prince of Wales Elementary School in Hamilton, is typically a good student. When she picked him up from school on Tuesday, he informed her that after he was caught laughing in music class twice, the teacher forced him to stay in the storage closet for an entire period as a form of discipline. The student described the room as a cramped space where all of the musical instruments are stored.
When the mother, Chaundell Henderson heard about the situation she claims that she headed back to the school to discuss the issue with the principal, yet she was unable to view the so-called storage closet her son was reportedly put in. The son has since returned to school and it has been arranged for him to learn music without the teacher of the incident being involved.
According to CBC News, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is now reviewing classroom management throughout the school. The principal has apologized to the mother and claims that the storage room will no longer be used as a form of discipline.
However, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board states that the storage room that the boy was placed in for discipline purposes is often used as a private music room or a place for students to conduct quiet work. The mother claims she has been unable to view the space, despite her requests.
Sadly, this isn't the first time an incident like this has arose. According to CTV News Toronto Police were investigating after a five-year-old girl stated that she was forced to go into a closet after she was caught misbehaving.
During the lunch hour, the student claims that she was acting out until the lunch supervisor forced her to stay in an unlocked storage closet. The Toronto District School Board became aware of this situation and contacted Toronto Police to deal with the situation.
In both incidents, the mothers didn't feel safe sending their children back to school.
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