A woman was driving past a daycare in Minnesota when she noticed a small child sitting outside in the cold. When she stopped to see if the girl was alright, the girl confessed to what was going on inside. That was when she snapped into action and called the police.
The little girl was standing outside in negative temperatures, in the snow, without a coat on. She says the teachers punished her for screaming in class.
“Punishing a child by putting them outside in single digit temperatures is obviously not ok. So that’s what we are trying to determine if that’s what happened,” Officer Aaron Machtemes told KMSP.
So far the case is being investigated, so not many details are known. They don’t know whether there will be criminal charges. The child and teachers are still being questioned about the incident.
“It all depends on circumstances of how out of control the child was. Why the child was taken outside in the first place. How long the child was outside. All those factors would go into whether or not there is a criminal charge,” Machtemes said.
Some parents told the station that although their children have been disciplined before with time outs, they’ve never heard of any child being put outside.
“I don’t believe anyone here would discipline a child like that or that that is how a child should be disciplined in anyway. Anywhere,” one parent said.
The story quickly went viral, with many readers calling for the teacher who sent the girl outside to be reprimanded appropriately.
“I do not care how long she was out thereyou do not leave a 4 year old alone This is child abuse and No matter their excuses they all should be arrested who works there They are being paid to care for the child not freeze her to death Sue them for endangering your child,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.