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Teacher’s “Petty” Note Restricting Her Students to Just Two Bathroom Breaks per Month Goes Viral and Sparks Outrage

Teacher’s “Petty” Note Restricting Her Students to Just Two Bathroom Breaks per Month Goes Viral and Sparks Outrage

A high school teacher has come under fire for her astoundingly strict bathroom policy threatening her Year 8 students with detention and assessment failures if they need to use the bathroom, get some water, visit the office or the school nurse more than twice a month.

The controversy began when a student brought home a note handed to her by her teacher acknowledging the fact that she had used one of her two hall passes for the month.

“I understand that once I have used my 2 passes for the ENTIRE month, I will not be able to go to the restroom, get water, or go [to] the nurse,” the policy read. “I understand that only special accommodations will be made if my Doctor writes a note regarding a medical condition.”

Describing her own note as “petty”, Mrs White from Aspire Hanley Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee, appears to have lost her grip on basic human decency. Her strict policy takes no consideration for the fact that half of her Year 8 students are young women learning to navigate their way through menstruation and all the sudden bathroom emergencies that come with having unpredictable periods.

The note was shared on social media, prompting many comments of shock and disgust about the teacher’s apparent lack of regard for the basic human rights of her students.

Some commenters who identified themselves as current or former teachers said they understand the “frustration” of having kids use bathroom passes as an excuse to slack off, however they felt this was not the right way to respond.

Mrs White has since been reprimanded, with Aspire Public Schools issuing the following statement to parents and the school community:

“On August 29, 2018, it was discovered that 8th grade students at Hanley Middle School were given a document restricting bathroom and nurse visits that was inconsistent with our school’s actual policies, our mission, and our values. We are currently reviewing the circumstances under which the document was prepared and distributed to students.

Please know the safety and care of our students is always our first priority. It is important that students know we respect them and are responsive to their needs.

To reinforce these values, we convened our full team today to review all relevant policies and procedures. We will continue to work with our teachers and staff to ensure all school policies and values are consistently maintained in each classroom.”

No child should be held to such a ridiculous power trip — their basic needs and human dignity are worth much more than Mrs White’s petty policy.

Source: Twitter

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

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