State investigating report of Wareham Middle School teacher locking students in bathroom

By Matthew Bernat | Jan 12, 2018
Photo by: Carolyn Bick The state is investigating a report that Wareham Middle School students were briefly locked in a bathroom by a teacher.

After several Wareham Middle School students were allegedly locked inside a bathroom by a teacher the Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the matter.

According to media reports, an unidentified mother of one of the students filed a complaint with the state agency. The report states the students, who were not identified, were being loud when a teacher approached, telling them to be quiet.

The teacher then reportedly locked the students in the bathroom for being disruptive. The mother said her son texted her explaining what had happened. The teacher soon after unlocked the door.

Department of Children and Family Services spokesperson Andrea Grossman confirmed to Wareham Week that the agency was looking into the matter. Grossman said state and federal privacy laws prevent her from releasing additional information.

Wareham Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood said she had no comment.

Comments (11)
Posted by: totellthetruth | Jan 12, 2018 19:31

Lock the teacher in the closet. See how he/she likes it! I know my grandson was petrified of the dark.

Posted by: brazz | Jan 12, 2018 19:42

I can only image how respectful the kids where.

Posted by: cranky pants | Jan 12, 2018 20:09

Oh man, this isn't gonna go good. What bathroom locks from the outside only, how is that possible ?

I'd agree with you Brazz, but I've already gotten the parental population of this forum sour when I talked about the bicycle bandits that like to challenge motorists and interrupt traffic flow.

You nod, I'll whistle... Everyone's children are angels.

Posted by: totellthetruth | Jan 13, 2018 08:46

Before the story hit the papers,it hit Channel 5. I believe their quote on the location was a "closet".

Posted by: Knocked for six | Jan 13, 2018 11:02

If I were the parent, I would have gone to the school and had my child apologize to the teacher and staff for the disruption. Then I would have escorted the child out by the cuff of his or hers jacket in front of there friends and brought home and punished accordingly.  Just a opinion.

Posted by: Uptohere | Jan 13, 2018 11:59

I'm sure most good parents would punish their child for being disruptive, I would have and have done so. But, more importantly,  is how the teacher handled it. He had absolutely no right to lock anyone in any room. PERIOD!!! If he is lacking in good Judgment to do something so childish and stupid I would be concerned how he will handle a worse scenario. If there is blame its on BOTH sides. But making noise should never warrent such extreme measures.

Posted by: Linda | Jan 13, 2018 20:46

I agree KFS.  I got into mischief as a child & got my mother's hand on my butt.  In general, brother & I knew the rules.  Don't ever interrupt an adult when they are speaking.  If we got loud, we got the look and we got quiet.  Never speak back to an adult - & living here my whole life, I knew not to get in any trouble as someone would call my parents before I got home.  I raised my kids the same way.  My kids & brother & I, NEVER HEARD - JUST WAIT UNTIL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME, HE WILL PUNISH YOU.  So did the teacher go over the line by turning a lock?  That teacher basically did the hand to their butt that I would have gotten.  If that teacher marched them all down to the office, called their parents & gave them detention they'd laugh in the teachers face as they walked out.  Apparently they got the warning about being loud & authority meant nothing to them.  Teacher had to be right there at the door - I'd bet on that.

So you can take a phone to school & text your mother from the closet?  Shouldn't it have been in the locker?  Phone's have flashlight features now so no need to fear the dark of the closet with your buddies.  My thought - punish the kids at the time of the episode,  like my mom did.  I bet these kids would think twice when an adult tells them to quiet down (they'll be thinking of the closet).

So what will really happen is this parent will push through family services.  Why didn't the kid call the office?  Why didn't the parent call the office?  The parent should have said, why are you there?  What did you do?  You were loud after a teacher told you to be quiet?  Wait 'til you get home, I'm gonna whoop your butt.

My dad never spanked brother or I!


Posted by: barnstorm | Jan 14, 2018 08:34

Briefly locked in bathroom....OK.  Then get the Principal to get his rear end down there and get those "angels" up to his office for parents to be notified.......then discipline!

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jan 14, 2018 09:36

Whatever the real story is, it's definitely all blown out of proportion.  I have a hard time believing that a teacher would use keys and physically lock kids in a bathroom for a period of time as punishment.  Not nowadays with everything being so sensitive about treatment of kids.  Maybe the teacher made tongue in cheek comment that he was going to do it.  "If you kids don't quite  down I'm going to..." Maybe he held the door shut by hand for a moment as a silly gesture.  Maybe the kid that texted and his mom just want to stir up a whole big thing out of nothing.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jan 14, 2018 11:20

I happened to be home sick and saw the early news story where they did specifically say the teacher locked children in the bathroom.

Makes me wonder and question a few things:

1) why are there locks on the bathroom doors, especially from the outside only? That sounds fishy to me.

2) if there are locks why would a teacher have the key? Wouldn't those be with the custodial staff or custodian themselves and with school administrators but not each teacher?

3) why was this teacher not identified? Anytime someone screams wolf the person accused is identified and their life would have been ruined by now. It's unfortunate but that's seems to be the norm anymore. Guilty until proven innocent but still ostracized even after being proven innocent.

Too many missing facts here and nothing but allegations by an unidentified parent, well the news story Friday I saw interviewed a grandmother who was in the shadows because she did not want to be identified. Of course her grandchild is the perfect child and NEVER once lied or did anything wrong. I think a lot is being hidden here and it's sad. I also cannot stand how, this is a general comment now, one person making an allegation will ruin the allegeds life. People get fired or have to step down from their roles because someone may have made up some kind of story about them. Good God this world we live in is so full of fragile people it makes me sick.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jan 16, 2018 09:02

I think this might be a great lesson on being locked up. These kids will probably end up locked up with their lack of respect and mother that doesn't understand that.

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