Teacher Accused of Locking Kindergartner in Dark Room for Punishment

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 wife and a school secretary went 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.

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