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School Forces Kids to Pay to Use the Bathroom

"Pay to Potty" Program Leaves School Kids Embarrassed and Parents Frustrated

Parents in Vancouver, WA, are upset with a new school policy that prevents their children from going to the bathroom during the day. A third-grade teacher at Mill Plain Elementary School instituted a program where she rewards students with Monopoly-like money. The students then have the option to "buy" treats or use the money toward trips to the restroom. Those who choose the former often find themselves painfully holding it in during the school day, and some even have accidents in the classroom.

"When it comes to a bathroom issue and a child has to pay money to use the bathroom, that's wrong," Jasmine Al-Ayadhi, a mom whose daughter wet herself during the school day, tells a local news station. "It's inhumane. That's a health issue."

To see what school officials have to say on the "pay to potty" program, read the full story on The Huffington Post.

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CatSides CatSides 2 years

Hi C Robinson, sorry it turned into a bash fest on you, but it became that way for a couple of reasons: 1) You have very passionate parents and grandparents on here who truly love and care about the welfare of children, and that's a good thing! 2) we speak from past experience - whether it happened to us or classmates of ours, we know first hand what having an accident in class is like for a child. And of course what another mom said about the risk of UTIs etc. You can teach children responsibilities and appreciation in so many other ways without subjecting any of them to humiliation. I know from my son, when we go out, I always try to make him go to the bathroom before we leave and he will try, but not always have to go. Then like clockwork when we're 5 minutes into our drive, he's already pee pee dancing. It happens all the time! I've come to learn that his little body just doesn't work like mine does, as does most kids his age. One minute they're fine, the next they have to go so bad that they're holding themselves. I see it all the time, in the dance and karate classes that I teach as well as on the baseball field when my son has baseball games. I saw a child have an accident right in the middle of karate class because he was so afraid to ask the head Sensei to go (the Sensei would have let him go) But he was so nervous that he didn't ask and ended up going all over the floor. The kids freaked out at him and wouldn't go near him and his mother had to go to the bathroom for paper towels and clean it up. She ended up having to pull him out of the class. Which is another good point. If a teacher doesn't want to let a child go to the bathroom because she thinks he's going to skip out on class and good off, what happens when that kid has an accident and then has to leave class anyway? She's essentially getting the same result, only now the kid has to be pulled from school and the parent has to be called in from work to bring him a change of clothes. At least in the other scenario, (if the child was just goofing off in the bathroom) she could pull him back into the class and then make him change his card or take away privileges - but the child would still be in school and not embarrassed because he wet himself. I think this topic would be a good idea for discussion in a high school ethics class. High schoolers are more mature and have better control of their bodies at their ages. But for elementary school children, this just doesn't seem like an effective way to teach considering the risks involved.

CortneyRobinson97295 CortneyRobinson97295 2 years

You have a very solid point. What does the bathroom have to do with learning to read and write? For that matter what does Christmas, Halloween, Veterans day, zippers, and tying shoes have to do with school? Apparently they are all topics used for teaching. You are allowed to have your opinion. I voiced mine in response to your post and then it became a bash fest. Maybe the topic of toilets would be more useful in a High School ethics class. I might have to pass that on to the teachers in my district. Thank you Cat Sides for your inspiring post.

CatSides CatSides 2 years

Aww man, that sucks. Well I guess it worked out for you in the end though. You have the children and grandchildren to show for it. :)

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 2 years

As a matter of fact, when I was volunteering in my children's schools, there was indeed a good bit of misbehavior just like today BUT they learned or they were suspended or expelled. AND the Teachers had a LOT more common sense and did NOT pull STUPID stunts like this one!

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 2 years

Very welcome. P.S. I was actually married to a Viet Nam Vet for 3 1/2 years then walked in on him and his Buddy. Besides he didn't want children, I did. End of story.

CatSides CatSides 2 years

Yes you make a good point - NO teachers should not deny children to go see the nurse, just as they are NOT supposed to deny children to go to the bathroom. Thanks for making that point clear.

CatSides CatSides 2 years

Where are you getting your statistics about kids these days not being raised without respect? My kids are very respectful and in their classrooms the majority of kids are as well. I also teach both dance and karate classes and know many many respectful and pleasant children. I've experienced some bad eggs, but bad eggs have been around since the beginning of time. My father in law who grew up in the 50s has told me horror stories of how kids acted towards their teachers back then! Things may not be perfect today but I think a lot of kids these days are better than other generations.

CatSides CatSides 2 years

A good teacher knows his/her students and would know the difference when a child just wants to goof off or really has to go. My son is 8 and I can always tell when he's desperate to go just by his body language. I can usually tell with most kids when I'm out in public. The majority of them start doing the pee pee dance. It's pretty obvious. :)

CatSides CatSides 2 years

Thank you for your nice comment. I posted a pic of my dad on Memorial Day in honor of him and all the men and women who served our country. I'm happy to say that my dad survived the Vietnam War and is still with us today! :)

CatSides CatSides 2 years

Wow that's so messed up! I applaud your mother for what she did. It's too bad that the damage was done though. :(

CatSides CatSides 2 years

I have to second what Jennifer Checki just said - what is your point? What does going to the bathroom have to do with learning to read? Guess what? Both my kids go to the bathroom at school and both know how to read. I went to the bathroom at school and I read very well, thank you very much. I don't understand what your point is.

NicoleCC47608 NicoleCC47608 2 years

In other countries where you have to pay to use the bathroom off the highway (autobahn), the rest spots have little paths into the woods that everyone relieves themselves if they can't pay. Nobody gets arrested. Parents pull over and their little ones go on the side of the autobahn if the need to and nobody ever gets arrested. It's normal. Just clearing that up.

BriannaGrey BriannaGrey 2 years

Out of curiosity is asked my 8yo her opinion, apparently now students in her class fake being sick or injured so they can go to the nurses office! Haha! Point proven! Kids will push any boundaries that are set :) now are teachers supposed to deny children from going to the nurses office?! Of course not! Lets just say that nurse stays very busy I'm sure :)

BriannaGrey BriannaGrey 2 years

Also, there are no apologies for what I have said. I respect you and your opinion, but I don't apologize :)

BriannaGrey BriannaGrey 2 years

Funny, your choice of words seem, to me, to be very critical and judgmental! I'm not judging anyone, just voicing my opinion from what I personally have experienced. Given your age I'm assuming your children are grown and possibly have kids of their own. Which is what I said in my previous post: kids these days are being raised differently, without respect. I'm sure when you were volunteering in your children's schools 30 years ago, you didn't encounter many of the issues that teachers do these days! Perhaps if students used the facilities only when needed and during recess time, schools wouldn't have to come up with these silly ways to insure class time isn't being interrupted throughout the day, all day! It's quit amusing to me that most kids these days won't even behave respectfully unless they are being "rewarded". I don't need to argue with someone whom I've never met; obviously we have different opinions and views on life, that's what makes America great! We can agree to disagree.

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 2 years

As a matter of fact, you little snip, I WAS a VERY ACTIVE VOLUNTEER in MY 2 Children's school all through their years! You need to check your language, little girl! I happen to be 59 1/2 and am on full SS Disability and my children are ALL very respectful and law abiding! Perhaps you should read all my OTHER posts here and find out EXACTLY what MY life has entailed! Judge NOT lest YE be judged! Apology accepted!

BriannaGrey BriannaGrey 2 years

Hahaha! It's idiots like YOU who do not teach their kids to have respect for people of authority! Have you spent time at your children's school?! Times are much different from when we were growing up (I'm 32) I grew up in a small town and was taught to be respectful. I now live in San Diego and volunteer my time in my daughters school and teach art in her classroom. It amazes my how rude and disrespectful so many of these kids are! And quit honestly, the teachers can't say or do much to punish the kids who act out because even their parents don't have respect! Not sure how many"accidents" have occurred or all the details, but I'm pretty sure if it was an obvious emergency the teacher would act ocordingly and let the student use the facilities. Also, I am NOT a supporter of Obama, so this again proves that people are quick to judge and be negative without all the facts or an open mind. Could you imagine how many kids would interrupt class on a daily basis if given the opportunity?! Fortunately, I have raised my daughter well and she has respect for others and herself. She has had to use tickets to use the restroom on occasion, and that's perfectly fine! If its not an emergency she is smart enough to save her tickets and use the restroom during recess! At the end of the trimester she uses the tickets she's earned to cash in for toys and fun things! I'm proud of her and think she will prosper in life because she is learning to be responsible and most importantly, respectful!

CortneyRobinson97295 CortneyRobinson97295 2 years

I realize that you and Cat have motherly and grandmotherly experience so I am not trying to aggravate you. Squirrels, birds, cat, dogs relieve themselves publicly. Humans go on private property. Your rent, your mortgage, and your water needs to be paid before you can find rest. Also despite homeless people doing their business in the streets and in bushes it is still illegal. The soup house they eat out of is on private property paid by your taxes. Somebody is paying for these things. Public school isn't public. A 30-year-old man who is illiterate canNOT just go into that school with those children and learn, much less use the bathroom. Thus the school is not public and neither are the facilities. If the child doesn't live in that school district they can't attend the class (without paying tuition), much less use the bathroom. Do I want my child to use a bathroom in school? YES! Do I want them to use the bathroom and come out of school not being able to read? Think about that.

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 2 years

Are you ALL going insane? Because it sure sounds like it! We didn't have these problems in VA nor did we have them in MY schools when we were coming up! Ya'll seriously need mental help and God help ya'll's kids when they get grown! Hope they can see through your ignorance!!!

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 2 years

You know it's idiots like you who vote for people like Obama and other morons in local Governments! God help your children when they grow up! Hope they see through your stupidity and learn to PITY you for your ignorance! GROW UP and get a brain and a heart because OBVIOUSLY you don't have either! AND btw, the word is MOTIVATOR - NOT motivated! Obviously you didn't learn proper English either!

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 2 years

You know what? I'm just gonna say it. You must truly be kin to Adolf Hitler! F off! You are the most CALLOUS cold hearted, idiotic individual I've ever read of!

BarbaraTurner82515 BarbaraTurner82515 2 years

Oh you poor thing! I can't imagine treating a child like that! So bad when stuff happens like that!

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