Teacher locked 4-year-old girl in dark closet to punish her for crying: mother

A 4-year-old girl in a Texas Head Start program says a teacher made her stand in a dark closet as punishment, reports KTRK.

"She didn't give me no chair, she just let me stand in there," said Leiondra Thomas.

Her mother, Ashley Davis, describes how distraught she was by the punishment. "After I got off work, she told me the teacher locked her in the closet because she was crying," she said. Davis is considering pulling her daughter from the school.

The teacher is on leave while officials with Head Start investigate the incident. "The teacher has indicated she did not do that and the parent said she did. So what we have done is put the teacher on administrative leave until we have a chance to investigate," said program administrator Melvin Williams.