Teacher forces 7-year-old students to pay for bathroom breaks

School bathroom 
By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A teacher forced her young students to earn and pay for bathroom breaks, according to press reports.

The mother of a 7-year-old student of Irving Elementary School, in Irving, Texas, said that her son wet his pants in class after his teacher would not let him use the bathroom on Thursday afternoon.

"I was totally shocked," said Sonja Cross. "I could not believe it."

The first-grade teacher at J. O. Davis Elementary, provided the students with "Boyd Bucks" in exchange for good behavior. Going to the bathroom outside the three scheduled breaks cost two “Boyd Bucks” per trip.

Sonja Cross’ son, an honor roll student, had to go to the bathroom, but was told to sit down, because he had no “Boyd Bucks," his mother said.

"He tried to keep it in as long as he could, but he just could not keep it in any longer," Cross said. "He came home from school, he was crying and very upset. Really, that's unhealthy," Cross said. "I think she had no concern for the children."

Cross complained to the teacher, but she did not like the answer.

"At first, when I spoke with the teacher, she said that she was just going to show my son special treatment, but then I said, 'That's not just good enough. You need to stop this abusive policy for all children,’” she said.

Cross informed school officials about the practice and they quickly told the teacher to stop charging her students to go to the bathroom.

"It is not a bad idea to have a rewards program in the class and that will continue, but not for the toilet," Irving school district spokesperson, Billy Rudolph, said.

However, Cross said her son still has to face his classmates.

"The kids are making fun of him and all that, and a bit more for it," she said. "This is something we will have to deal with for quite some time."

School administrators do not plan any disciplinary action. Cross said that she would push for the teacher to be suspended.



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