2 Marysville teachers on leave for using time-out closet

by: Lee Stoll Updated:

MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A Marysville mother wants two teachers fired for putting her daughter in a "time-out" closet.

Angi Wilson says her 7-year-old adopted daughter, Katie, spent hours of class time at Marshall Elementary School in a closet stuffed with boxes and a ladder, as punishment for tantrums.

"Katie was being touched, physically manhandled, pinched, poked, slapped, her hair pulled," said Wilson.

Counselor reports show the second-grader had been put in the closet almost daily since February, sometimes for up to two hours.

Katie told her mother at least two of her classmates were also sent to the closet.

"It's no longer just about me and Katie. Now it's about justice," said Wilson.

The school district would not comment on camera but sent KIRO 7 Eyewitness News a statement saying the two educators are on paid leave while district officials investigate.

"The District takes this allegation very seriously and will take disciplinary action if warranted by the outcome of the investigation," the statement also read.

The school's principal sent a letter home to parents telling them the two educators may be gone for the rest of the school year. A new teacher has taken over the class.

Gail Broxson's granddaughter is in second grade and she says she still trusts the school.

"I think it will blow over, because this is a great school and great teachers and I can't quite picture it," said Broxson.

Wilson said she saw the closet and wanted to take a photo for her records but a school staffer told her she'd send Wilson a picture.

Instead, Wilson said she got an email, telling her the closet was dismantled.