Whether or not a teacher should always grant a child's request for a bathroom break is debatable. Some think students often say they need the toilet when, really, they just want to skip out of class, while urologists say nature's call shouldn't be ignored. The debate has taken on new urgency in San Diego after a high school freshman claimed that a tenured teacher refused to let her use the toilet, and instead made her pee in a bucket.
The Patrick Henry High School art teacher, Gonja Wolf, has been placed on administrative leave while the San Diego Unified School District investigates the girl's claims, reports the Los Angeles Times. A complaint filed last week by the student's attorney, claims Wolf told her on Feb. 22 that she couldn't use a school bathroom, and had to instead go to another room, urinate in a bucket, and pour the contents down a sink.