A Washington state elementary school teacher is accused of charging students fake money to use the restroom — and causing two third graders to wet their pants.
The unidentified teacher at Mill Plain Elementary School was out of the classroom Monday as the Evergreen School District investigates claims that two children wet their pants because they didn’t have enough pretend money to buy themselves a trip to the restroom, ABC affiliate WRIC reported.
Students in the class reportedly earn the money through good behavior and performance and they are able to spend that money on toys, treats and using the restroom.
“My daughter finally told me, ‘We have to pay to use the bathroom,’” parent Merchon Ortega told the station, adding that her daughter had an accident. “Nobody should have to pay to use the bathroom.”
“‘I didn’t want to be left out. I wanted to have popcorn with my friends,’ [she said]. And so she tried to hold it,” Miss Alayadhi said. “She said it hurt so bad, the pain was so bad, she goes, ‘I just had to let it go.’”
Spokeswoman Gail Spolar said students have designated breaks during the day, and it is up to each teacher to monitor students’ breaks during class.
“It’s all part of how they manage the classroom and so that was the process that was decided upon,” she said, KOIN reported.
Officials also claimed, however, that no students are ever denied from using the restroom and are investigating the issue.