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Third graders who must 'pay' to use restroom are having accidents at school

Third Graders Who Must 'Pay' To Use Restroom Are Having Accidents At School

Third grade students at Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver, Washington, are being forced to pay to go to the bathroom.


That's right, the students are earning play money at school, like that from the popular board game Monopoly. It's then up to them whether they'd rather "spend" that money on treats or use it to go to the restroom during class.

But here's the problem: not surprisingly, the children are using their money on treats, leaving them without enough for restroom visits and causing them to have accidents in class. KOIN spoke with Jasmine Al-Ayadhi, the mother of one of the children who wet her pants.

"'I didn't want to be left out and I wanted to have popcorn with the rest of my friends.' And so she had to hold it. She said it hurt so bad, she said 'Mommy, I couldn't hold it. The pain was so bad, I just had to let it go.'"

KATU says Al-Ayadhi's daughter was given a pair of boys' basketball shorts to wear for the rest of the day, but that led to teasing from other students.

REEM: "I did get teased sometimes, like the boys would tease me."

This "pay-to-potty" program has been used before by an elementary school in Texas.

The Daily Caller says a 7-year-old boy at J.O. Davis Elementary had an accident back in 2012 after he didn't have enough money to use the restroom and his teacher wouldn't let him leave the classroom.

As for this this school in Washington, a school district spokeswoman told KOIN the district allowed the "pay-to-potty" program because it was the teacher's classroom management strategy.

The spokeswoman did say students are given bathroom breaks several times during the day but that individual teachers decide how to handle restroom breaks during class time. The district says students' requests to use the bathroom were never denied.

And despite the fact that the school says the teacher implemented this program to teach the students the value of a dollar, Al-Ayadhi is still not happy.

"When it comes to a bathroom issue and a child has to pay money to use the bathroom, that's wrong. It's inhumane. That's a health issue."

Since this story broke, the school district has decided to investigate the issue. The teacher has been removed from the classroom for the duration of the investigation.

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Linda May 22 2014 at 5:58 AM

I AM SORRY BUT WHAT THE HECK ARE THE SCHOOLS THINKING TO ALLOW THIS KINDA RUBBISH???! I SWEAR THINGS LIKE THIS AND OTHER REASONS ARE WHY I HOMESCHOOLED MY FOUR KIDS. ENOUGH OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THEIR RUBBISH....DO IT YOURSELF IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT YOU GET WITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I FIND THIS INEXCUSABLE! IT IS RIDICULOUS AND NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED IN THE FIRST PLACE! KIDS ARE KIDS...LET THEM USE THE BATHROOMS WHEN NEEDED! PAYING FOR USE OF A BATHROOM AT SCHOOL IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING I EVER HEARD OF.

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purelite May 22 2014 at 5:40 AM

Just deplorable, to do this to a child!

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onionson May 22 2014 at 5:57 AM

Just when you think you heard the most stupid thing our schools have done they raise the bar again. Find the people that came up with this and make them sit in a corner with a dunce cap for a few hours then fire them.

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rutch8 May 22 2014 at 5:49 AM

our schools are just stupid anymore!

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Deanna-Sue May 22 2014 at 5:59 AM

In the state of Illinois, that is a vilation of DCFS rules. It is considered denying use of bathroom as punishment. Maybe parents should look into that further.

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emailourhouse May 22 2014 at 6:30 AM

how absurd, what moron could possibly say OK to something like this,, how about the ones who enacted this stupid rule piss thier pants because they cannot use the toilet

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gkylemoore4103 May 22 2014 at 6:18 AM

I just don't understand this is a school, a Bastion of Liberal Philosophy. The poor Kids that spend their Money on treats should be able to take the dollars from the students that saved, might as well teach them about Life, besides you can always borrow, and pile the debt on next year’s students!

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robriennav May 22 2014 at 6:00 AM

Just ignorant. What kind of "life lesson" is this supposed to portray?

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Rick May 22 2014 at 6:01 AM

And the "teacher" some how thought this was a good idea. Anyone can see how that was going to turn out! That's what happens when our government spends more on war instead of schools. Maybe if they spent more on schools we would have more educated people to choose from as far as politicians and teachers who can easily recognize a bad idea before doing it. It's slim pickings around here for good politicians and teachers with sense.

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Debbie May 22 2014 at 8:11 AM

Adults don't have to pay to use the toilet! That went out years ago! And people went around that rule by crawlig under the doors. For Pete's sake. Sometimes someone cannot control their bodily functions and should not be embarrased about it. That is not a way to teach a child about money!

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