Preschoolers allegedly punished by standing naked, police say

One preschool teacher ordered the children to strip naked and stand in a closet for 10 minutes.

Another preschool teacher stood guard. 

Those two Head Start teachers in East St. Louis, Ill. are now on paid administrative leave. They worked for Head Start program operated by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center.  

“We felt that was very inappropriate and possibly there’s some criminal action, charges could come as a result of this,” (SIUE )Police Chief Kevin Schmoll told KMOV-TV.

He added the children will be interviewed early next month before a charging decision is made.

The chief said at least four students ages 4 to 5 years old were made to stand naked in the closet and the behavior has been going on since February but police weren’t notified until last week.

The Head Start program sent a letter to parents saying it was cooperating with investigators and doesn’t condone inappropriate behavior.

Contributing: AP

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