The mother of an eight-year-old boy is furious after she claims her son was forced to wet himself in front of his classmates when a teacher refused to let him relieve himself.
Sonia Mongol held a press conference outside of Manhattan Place Elementary School in Los Angeles on Thursday to tell her son’s story. According to the mother, her son asked to use the restroom many times and was repeatedly denied by a teacher in November. When the boy could no longer hold it, his teacher allegedly told him to urinate into a trash can in the classroom while “exposing himself in front of all the other students”.
Mongol’s son wet himself and was then forced to sit in his urine-soaked clothes. The boy was later handed a trash bag to wear over them and he did for the remainder of the day. Mongol said her son “went to the nurse’s office, [but] he received no help.” She says he is now bullied for what happened and that teachers deny his requests to use the bathroom since. She added her son asked to use the restroom this week as well and when he was finally granted access, he was locked out of the classroom.
“Why would you make a child expose himself in front of the classroom and then put a garbage bag over him when he came to you for help? Why would you treat a child that way?” Mongol rhetorically asked. “He’s a kid.”
Retired LA teacher Latricia Mitchell came to support Mongol and said the teachers can refuse a student asking to use the restroom, stating the privilege is often abused. She said they should “realize something’s going on” when a student asks twice. Mongol demands the school update their bathroom policy.
“New restroom laws need to be put into place. Children should be able to go to the restroom whenever they have to go. Our child did not deserve this, no child deserves to be treated this way,” Mongol said.
“We are outraged, but this will be used not just to make conditions better for our child but for our children.”
Mongol claims principal Evelyn Samos has still yet to respond to the allegations so she will address the issue with the school board instead. The LA Unified School District issued a statement, CBSLA reported.
“Los Angeles Unified takes all matters concerning the safety and well-being of our students very seriously. Upon learning about this allegation, law enforcement was notified immediately, and the District is fully cooperating in the investigation.”
According to ABC 7, the employee who put the trash bags on the boy doesn’t work at the school anymore.
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