Six Year Old Girl Stripped of Shirt as Punishment

-55955325An elementary school teacher is under arrest for forcibly stripping the shirt off of a little girl as punishment.

54 year old Thomas Washburn (pictured), a teacher at Adams Elementary School in Mesa, Az, became upset by something in the classroom and began yelling at the students.  Apparently frightened by the teacher’s outburst, the 6 year old girl, whose mother says is “developmentally delayed,” hid her face in her shirt.

Hiding her face from the adult in the classroom only exacerbated Washburn’s anger.  He turned his attention from the entire class to this one child, and demanded that she remove her face from her shirt.  Why?  Who was she hurting?  Obviously, this teacher was beyond rational thought because at this point he did the unthinkable.  He marched over to where she was sitting, and forcibly removed her shirt from her body.  For 10 full minutes she was made to sit half-naked in full view of the entire class.  The girl broke down in tears.  Eventually, Washburn returned the shirt to the child.

At the end of the day he told her mother about the incident.  Understandably outraged the girl’s mother contacted the school administration, who called local police.  He was arrested at the school and charged with one count of indecent exposure – which has since been upped to 24 counts, one for each child in the class.

The Mesa Public School System issued the following statement:

“Thomas Washburn has been placed on paid administrative leave and is assigned to home. The District will use the police findings as the basis for any future employment action against Washburn.

“Our first priority is the safety and security of our students.  Mesa Police Department is leading the investigation, and we are working cooperatively with them.  Please contact Mesa PD for information regarding the incident and investigation.

“Washburn has been employed by Mesa Public Schools since August 2006.  His only assignment has been a teacher at Adams Elementary.”

I am appalled by the actions of this so-called teacher.  My heart goes out to the little girl.  How embarrassed she must have felt.  Like I stated above, he was the adult in the room.  She had no one to protect her.  She was completely under his control. Whatever repercussions he suffers are his own doing.


“Thomas Washburn has been placed on paid administrative
one count of child abuse and one count of indecent exposure – which has since been upped to 24 counts of indecent exposure, one for every child in the class.


The young girl’s decision to hide her face from the anger of the adult made things even worse. (The girl bears no blame of course– likely hiding her face simply shamed the teacher, exacerbating his anger.)  He demanded that she pull her face from her shirt, but the frightened girl did not budge, so the teacher did the unthinkable. He strode over and forcibly removed the her shirt from her body, leaving her half naked with a full class of witnesses for the next ten minutes.

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2 thoughts on “Six Year Old Girl Stripped of Shirt as Punishment

  1. Thank goodness the mother had him arrested and the police have followed through. The problem in other parts of the country is that the unions insist on reinstating or getting settlements etc for teachers who should be fired and should be accountable for their actions.

  2. Catherine Alexandra says:

    He should have been fired, not put on administrative leave with pay. One can only imagine what was going on in that little girl’s mind. Thankfully some Mothers do stand up for their children and will not let anyone getting away with hurting their child. Good for her!

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