Principal Accused Of Locking 5-Year-Old In Closet With Spiders, Roaches Because She Was ‘Bad’

A principal of a charter school in Louisiana is wanted by authorities for allegedly locking a kindergartener in a closet to punish her.

According to WBRZ Shafeeq Syid Shamsid-Deen, the principal at Laurel Oaks Charter in Baton Rouge, will be arrested on felony cruelty to a juvenile and misdemeanor false imprisonment charges. The 31-year-old is alleged to have locked a 5-year-old girl inside a “nasty and gross” school closet filled with spiders and roaches.

On August 22, a teacher heard a child crying and screaming. Other teachers began to search and found the girl inside a closet in the school cafeteria. Authorities say the closet had paint, garbage bags, a ladder and what appeared to be a small chair.

The girl told authorities that her principal put her in the closet when she was “bad.” If she screamed, he turned off the light in the closet. She described the closet as “nasty and gross,” and said that it had spiders and roaches.