Two staff members at an Illinois preschool have been placed on administrative leave after they were accused of making children stand naked as a form of punishment, the university that operated the program said Tuesday.
Students were allegedly asked to take off their clothes then stand in a closet naked as a way to discipline them, NBC News reported. University police began investigating the accusations Thursday after a young boy told his parents about the supposed punishment, Schmoll said.
A 26-year-old Head Start teacher is said to have introduced the punishment in February at the program where she has worked for the last three years, according to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Police Department.
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Both the teacher and the 41-year-old teacher's aide have been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate.