It's time for your daily "WTF????" A teacher in Mesa, Arizona is facing a pile of charges after he reportedly forced a six-year-old to remove her shirt as a means of punishment, then made her sit naked from the waist up in class.
WTF does not even begin to describe how terrifyingly wrong all of that last sentence I just wrote is. According to KCCI, Adams Elementary teacher Thomas Washburn, 54, was arrested on Jan. 15, on the day the incident happened.
Police were told the kindergarten teacher "lost his cool" and was shouting in the classroom. The girl was apparently scared and hid her face in the shirt. He told her to take her face out of her shirt, and police say when she refused, he took her shirt off.
The girl reportedly cried for more than 10 minutes, sitting shirtless in a packed classroom.
Washburn eventually returned her clothing. When the victim's mother arrived after school to pick up the child, Washburn told the parent what he had done, police said. She was extremely upset and immediately contacted the principal's office, officers said.
That's when police were called. Washburn was arrested, but declined to answer any questions from police. Authorities with the school released an official statement, addressing the incident:
"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."
Washburn now faces 26 counts of indecent exposure (at least one for each child that was in the classroom) and one count of child abuse.