Punish Teacher for Charging Students to Use the Restroom

Target: Superintendent Dana T. Bedden

Goal: Suspend teacher for forcing student to wet himself after he was not allowed to use the restroom

A second grade student will never forget the humiliation of wetting himself in front of his classmates. His class at J.O. Davis Elementary School in Texas had been participating in a program where the students earn “Boyd bucks” as a reward for good behavior. Unfortunately for this student, when he asked to use the restroom his teacher refused because he did not have enough “Boyd bucks” saved up. The student tried as hard as he could, but just could not hold it any longer. His only choice was to wet himself, for all the other students to see.

The boy’s mother, Sojna Cross, was furious at the unfair and unnecessary consequences that her son will have to face. Cross said her son came home from school upset and crying; he was humiliated. Often times it is this type of humiliation that can make children hate going to school. The other students have been teasing and ridiculing him for wetting himself.

The teacher insisted that students pay two “Boyd bucks” per bathroom visit, outside of the three scheduled breaks a day. A reward program is often a highly valued program in the classroom, but the inclusion of bathroom breaks is absurd. There are a number of alternatives the teacher could have chosen instead of refusing to let the seven-year-old boy use the restroom. He could have borrowed a “Boyd buck” from a fellow student or even worked off his debt by erasing the chalk board or sharpening pencils.

The school administration told the teacher to stop charging the children to use the bathroom and is reviewing the incident. Sign the petition to demand that the school administration implement the proper punishment and suspend the teacher.


Dear Ms. Bedden,

A seven-year-old boy is now subject to the unnecessary humiliation of wetting himself at school because his teacher refused to let him use the restroom. The bathroom habits of seven-year-olds are unpredictable as it is and forcing them to use the “money” they were rewarded for good behavior on restroom breaks is unfair. This student is distraught over the incident, and could grow to hate going to school.

This should have never been an issue. A program where students are rewarded for good behavior is an excellent idea, but visits to the restroom should not be included in that. Thank you for stopping this teacher from forcing the students to pay to use the restroom, but this teacher should be suspended as well.


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One Comment

  1. Are we nuts? Who cares if they go to the restroom 20 times in a day. How do you know this child did not have an infection? He does now. Also this reward if they do good…..what is with that? If you don’t want to do good…don’t. If you want your child to do good then instill in them the pride of doing your best. OMG stop making the classroom and the teacher responsible for every little thing. When I was first hired at a different school 14 years ago, they told me I could only let them use the restroom between classes. I told the
    principal absolutely not. My children will use the restroom when requested. I told him you want it different then you put it in writing and I will be more
    than happy to send it home to the parents for signature.
    Now everyone gets to use the bathroom when they need to.
    Well, not the teachers.

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