Kindergarten teacher Thomas Washburn, 54, has been placed under house arrest after he reportedly took off a girl’s shirt in Mesa, Arizona. The young girl was crying in class when Washburn allegedly chose to punish the girl for crying in his classroom, according to the Huffington Post on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Washburn made the girl go without her shirt for 10 minutes and then allowed her to put her shirt back on. Subjected to the punishment were 24 other students and a teacher’s aide who were in the classroom.
Washburn told the girl’s mother about the method of punishment, and she contacted the principal of the school – Adams Elementary School - about it. The principal, in turn, contacted the police. Washburn was charged with one count of child abuse as well as 25 counts of indecent exposure which equates to one count for each student and the teacher’s aide who were present during the punishment of the girl.
A judge has put Washburn under house arrest, and he has been ordered to wear an electronic monitor on his ankle until the case is resolved. Additionally, he may not be around any children without another adult present.
Washburn asked the judge if he can go back to school to get his belongings, to go buy groceries at a supermarket, and to continue going to a gym to accomplish his goal of losing 100 pounds this year. The judge’s response was that he must ask court officials before leaving his home.
Washburn has obviously been banned from his classroom until the incident is settled.