Students Forced to Pee in Trash Can During School Lockdown Should Stop Whining About It

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So let's just pretend that your kid could be in danger. Serious danger. Like your kid is in school and gunshots are heard. The school goes into lockdown. And then, your kid has to pee. Badly. The kid asks to be escorted to the bathroom but the answer is "no," because, well, there could be people who want to shoot you. Ya know, that kind of thing. So the teacher makes your kid go to the bathroom in the trash can.

Do you a) thank the teacher for having such a dangerous job, which I'm sure the teacher never imagined in a million years would be a dangerous job when he or she signed up for it; b) explain to your child that during emergencies, sometimes you have to make adjustments -- even embarrassing ones; c) demand an investigation and have your child talk to the media about this supposedly horrifically embarrassing incident. I think we all know which option one parent chose.

It all started when several people reported hearing what sounded like gunshots from a wooded area near a school in St. Cloud, Florida. Like all schools are trained to do these days (what does that say about this country?!), the school went into voluntary lockdown mode, even though police were called and couldn't find the source of the gunshots.

So far, so smart, right?

Until two students, one whose diabetes makes her have to urinate more frequently, had to pee. The teacher, not wanting to send them out into the hallway where, you know, God knows what could be lurking, had the girls pee in a trash can behind his desk.

"It was very embarrassing," said the 13-year-old "victim."

Embarrassing? Sure. Was she alive to tell the tale? Yes. Was anyone grateful about that? No.

Then instead of, say, forgetting about the peeing incident, an investigation was launched and two dozen students were required to write down their eyewitness accounts of said peeing incident. Yes, kids who probably would have gotten over the horrible trauma of listening to their classmates whizz in a can instead had to relive (relieve? har!) the trauma all over again.

And then the teacher actually had to DEFEND his choice, telling the principal in an email:

I felt that the best solution for keeping her safe and also preventing her from being embarrassed was for her to go (to the bathroom) behind my desk. My primary concern was keeping the kids healthy and out of the halls during the lockdown while preserving them from the embarrassment of wetting themselves. I would want the same done for my future children.

You would think if peeing in a bucket were such a problem, perhaps there would have been a protocol to follow for these teachers who are being put in these situations. They signed up to teach, not to hide kids from crazed madmen with guns. Unfortunately, this is now part of the curriculum. But not only did the school not have any policy for what to do in these cases, it actually contacted child services to ask about reporting the teacher for child abuse!

The teacher has been fired -- though supposedly (cough, cough) not for this incident.

We live in times when kids can actually get blown away at school. Sandy Hook taught us that. Isn't their safety more important than a little embarrassment?!

Do you think the teacher made the wrong decision?


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JS0512 JS0512

I didn't read the original article, so I'm going off what is written here.  The teacher absolutely did the right thing.  If the student had been allowed out of the classroom and been injured, the teacher would have been fired.  I'm sure that if the student had been allowed of the classroom and NOT been injured, as there wasn't a shooter in the school, the teacher would have been in trouble for violating protocol.  Damned if they do and damned if they don't.  I'm pretty sure that had that been my child and even if they had ended up wetting their pants I'd have been so grateful to the teacher for keeping them safe that I wouldn't care.  This is absolute bullshit.

Elaine Cox

amazed by someone at the stir telling someone else to quit whining...like kk telling someone to practice chastity..I can understand why she didnt want to see the kids out there but id never tell a kid with diabetes to stop whining..

amber... amberdotsmom

I think without any other options the teacher made the right decision.  Certainly if the kids had been let into the hall with out without escort that teacher would have been accused of endangering the kids and not following lockdown protocols and shown the door immediately.  


Honestly though - with everything else you hear about these incidents it never actually occurred to me what if the kids need a bathroom.  If there was nothing else for it the teacher did the best that could be done in the moment but that school and any others that hadn't considered this should probabaly get some guidelines together as soon as possible.

Amber Peerboom Mosher

I think the teacher made the right decision in this case.

Kediset Kediset

I remember one time when my school had a lockdown drill... had a classmate losing it because her grandfather or something was taken to the hospital and their condition was getting worse... if I remember correctly, she eventually snapped and just walked out o-o

it's rough when things like this come up and you're stuck because the school wants to keep everyone safe... even if it isn't exactly practical (such as in the bathroom usage case)

the4m... the4mutts

What bullcrap! The teacher should not have to explain themselves in this instance. And what kind of parent complains? They heard gunshots for crying out loud!

When it comes to safety, remaining ALIVE, trumps the kids' dignity. In those moments, the only right they have, is the right to try to stay alive.

Todd Vrancic

Poor guy was in a no-win situation.

Senia... Seniahmom

Seems like a no-brainer. Teacher 100% correct.

MamaS... MamaSnaps

I can certainly promise you that if the teacher HAD escorted the child to the restroom there would have been hell to pay from the parents-probably even if it was only a drill. 

Creepers, ladies and gentelmen. Sometimes a judgement call has to be made and I'd much rather err on the side of caution.

I have actually BEEN IN THIS EXACT SITUATION. On 9/11 at Fort Hood Texas teaching 6th grade social studies. I only wish I had thought of the trash can. Someone giver that treacher an award or something and slap the parents up side the head a time or two. 

nonmember avatar T.M.

It's a sign of the times. Teachers are no longer allowed to use their professional judgment, even if it puts a child at risk. Yes, this teacher would have been reprimanded had he allowed the student out of the classroom. My heart and prayers go out to him.

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