PUBLISHED: 17:40 EST, 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 22:51 EST, 25 May 2012
A Texas teacher has been fired for an out of the box punishment she dished out to her class of unruly four-year-olds: she would shut them in a dark janitor’s closet.
Telling the children that there were monsters inside that would eat them for misbehaving, she would close the door and keep her Varnett Charter School pre-kindergartners inside for five minutes each.
But when little Kelon Johnson-Chaney had his turn in the closet, he cried so hard he threw up – and his mother is outraged by what happened.
Lesson: When little Kelon Johnson-Chaney was locked in his teachers ‘monster closet,’ he cried so hard he threw up, and his mother is outraged by what happened
Mother Knows Best: Mother Kelicia Johnson-Chaney said the punishment was tantamount to torture, and pulled her son from the school
‘You are taking a four-year-old and putting them in a dark closet. That’s like torture. That’s a torture even to an adult that is afraid of the dark. Who locks anybody in a closet?’ angry mother Kelicia Johnson-Chaney said to KENS5.
The teacher and her aide have been fired.
‘They used the monster in a closet as means of discipline and trying to correct behavior that is just unacceptable,’ said Varnett Superintendent Dr Annette Cluff to Fox26.
Kelon said that the incident happened after the class read the book After School Monsters.
In the book, a little girl returns home from school to find a monster waiting inside her house to eat her, chasing her around the kitchen.
Reading is Believing: Kelon said that the incident happened after the class read the book After School Monsters
Punishment: Varnett Superintendent Dr Annette Cluff fired the teacher and her aide for
Eventually she stops running and faces him, saying he can’t hurt her because she is ‘strong inside.’
The teacher, evidently, used the story as inspiration.
‘There was a monster and the monster was going to eat me,’ Kelon said.
He told his parents that first she put one student inside the janitor’s closet, with all the cleaning supplies, and Kelon and some other boys laughed.
Fiction: In the book, a little girl returns home from school to find a monster waiting inside her house to eat her, chasing her around the kitchen
The other children in the classroom held the door shut with their feet while the first boy was locked inside.
Then the rest of them had their turn.
‘Since I got in the monster closet, she should have got in the monster closet.’
‘I don’t like going in the closet,’ Kelon said to KENS5. ‘It is scary.’
Dr Cluff said she was also shocked by the treatment of the children.
‘I’m a grandma, I’m a mother and I wouldn’t allow that kind of behavior with my own child,’ Dr Cluff said.
Mrs Johnson-Chaney said she was happy the teacher was penalized, but she’s not going to let her child anywhere near the school again.
Little Kelon, however, thinks she should be punished differently.
‘Since I got in the monster closet,’ Kelon said, ‘she should have got in the monster closet.’