Teachers Force 10-Year-Old Girl to Pee in Cup on School Bus

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school busHere's a story that will piss you off. Sorry for the horrible pun, but it's a pretty horrible thing when a 10-year-old girl is made to pee in a cup while riding a school bus on a field trip.

According to CBS, a lawsuit was filed this week by the girl's parents, Todd and Lisa Holmes, for the incident, which happened in Wilmington, Illinois last January. When the girl repeatedly told teachers she had to use the restroom, the bus driver wouldn't stop. So instead they came up with an outrageous "solution."

While the bus was still driving down the road, they handed the girl a cup and told her to go urinate in it in front of the stairs of the bus. Yes, while the bus was full of other students. Oh, they held up some coats for privacy, but how anyone could think that was acceptable is insane.

Apparently the bus driver had called dispatch to get permission to pull over, but was denied. Why isn’t clear, especially since the driver did later pull over to let her pour out the contents of the cup. Regardless, those teachers should have said it was an emergency and insisted the bus stop.

That poor girl. Sure, you can say she should have gone before getting on the bus, but she was 10. Sometimes it's not that simple. And what choice did she have? She certainly should have had one better than peeing in a cup. When I first read the headline, I thought surely it would have been bullies who made a girl do something so awful, but teachers? Who are supposed to be caring for students?

The girl’s family is suing, as well they should. They’re asking for $150,000 in damages caused by emotional duress, though I don’t know that any amount could ever make up for such humiliation. Their attorney told the station:

Obviously the parents are very distraught and upset that this happened. They entrust the parents and the teachers and the chaperones on the field trip to provide a safe environment for the children and what occurred was just outrageous.

Seriously, outrageous. There’s a time to follow procedures, and there’s a time to put children’s well being and dignity first, and this was definitely a time for the latter.

Can you see any reason anyone would think this was okay?


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the4m... the4mutts

While I'm okay having my own kids do similar things on road trips, I would be absolutely livid that they were told to do it on an unsanitary bus full of their peers. How degrading!

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Buses can't stop at locations where the parent or guardian hasn't authorized (I.e. Can't stop at McDonald's because she doesn't have permission, what if there was a robbery or she fell in the bathroom). Therefore, she can either pee in the cup or pee on herself. Lesson is to pee before you leave. 

Doomy234 Doomy234

I can understand the parents upset. Not only is this embarrassing, but forcing a girl to hold it in can cause serious kidney and bladder problems. I know, because at the same age I got kidney stones from being forced to hold it in at school. And as a parent I would be entirely fine with stopping at a public restroom or even signing extra permission slips than having to take my kid to the doctor for urinary infections and causing them pain. Idk if you've ever gotten a UTI or kidney stones but it is NOT pleasant. And I am NOT okay with them making my kid pee in a cup. I found all the way through elementary school that most teachers arent very tolerant of kids bodily needs. I have been forced to clean up my own pee in kindergarten for having an accident, walked down the hall to the nurse's for changes of clothes in front of other students, told in front of my entire class that I need to grow up and hold it (in kindergarten, first, and second grade) then when I finally DID hold it, I got kidney stones. My mom was pissed to say the least. Younger kids NEED frequent bathroom breaks, no ifs ands or buts.

nonmember avatar Stephanie

If it is all THAT dangerous (for liability purposes) for a bus to stop @ a random location, shouldn't there be an added "stops incase of emergency" sections of permission slips? A situation where a child has to pee while riding on a bus can't possible be all that uncommon. For liability purposes, the school & bus company should forsee things like this & cover their asses! Let's break it down: Option 1. Make the child hold it & risk an accident (plus, pissed off parents). Option 2. Have an "emergency stop" section of permission slips & stop when children need to potty. (With NO bad reprocussions) Option 3. Have the child pee in a cup & risk a lawsuit. Seems like a no-brainer to me. :/

mande... manderspanders

Well, its liberal idiots who want to regulate everything that have apparently changed the rules of the bus... you can't stop because it isn't scheduled?? WTF?! What if this were a long road trip? What if a teacher had to go?  What if the bus driver did?

oh, stupidity, how you've come to govern everything.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I would be furious and have the teachers suspended without pay...$150,000 lawsuit??? Hmmm I fail to see how $150,000 would help this child and if they win is that money going into an account for that kid something the parents cannot touch...pretty sure they are not thinking of her with that made up amount.

Another thing, how far out was the bus from home? If they were close they should have the child hold it, if they were hrs away the bus should pull over for all the kids to take a pee break. 

Samfan97 Samfan97

This whole story is nuts. I generally agree that she should have gone before they left. She is 10, she should get that. I don't agree with the peeing in a cup thing, though...just nuts. The lawsuit for $150k in damages? Even more nuts!!

BeccaLS BeccaLS

You know, whenever I went on school trips we stopped at EVERY rest stop on the way there and back. Especially if the trip was long.

randh... randhferedinos

Personally, I would rather pee in a cup than on myself. I don't see the big deal here.

mamaw... mamawidup

Randhferedinos... please enlighten everyone with your age. You dont see the big deal because chances are you are an adult with no kids. Different arrangements could have been made, but peeing in a cup is embarrasing. I hope you are stuck in a situation where you have no choice but to pee in a cup in front of all your coworkers.

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