An elementary school teacher’s economics lesson may have gotten out of hand after third graders in Vancouver, Washington were denied bathroom privileges when they ran out of “play money”. Parents at Mill Plain Elementary school were outraged when they learned their kids were unable to use the restroom and subsequently wet their pants in the classroom.
Syracuse.com reports about the allegations that a teacher offered children snacks, treats and bathroom privileges in exchange for Monopoly money. The problem arose when some kids decided to spend all their money on popcorn or small prizes rather than save the $50 in play money for bathroom breaks.
Mom, Jasmine Al-Ayadhi, complained that her 9 year old daughter had an accident in class when she ran out of money. Al-Ayadhi is quoted saying, “I'm so angry! When a child has to pay money to use the bathroom...It's inhumane. That's a health issue.” She adds, “This is a school. This isn't a jail. This isn't a prison. We send our kids to school to learn and to get a good education.”
Another child whose mom complained after she had an accident in school actually had the money for a bathroom break but thought she should save it to have popcorn with her friends. Before she had the accident, her teacher denied her bathroom requests telling her she would have to hand over the $50 if she wanted to make the trip to the bathroom.
The incident is now under investigation by the school district and a substitute teacher has stepped in while the parent complaints are looked into.
What do you think about the current allegation against the Vancouver teacher who denied bathroom privileges to students when they ran out of play money?
Do you think this teacher went too far?