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Texas Teacher Charges 2nd Graders For Bathroom Breaks

File this under the most insane idea ever:

The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom Thursday afternoon.

“I was absolutely appalled,” Sonja Cross said. “I could not believe it.”

The first-year teacher at J.O. Davis Elementary awards her students with “Boyd Bucks” for good behavior. Going to the bathroom outside of the three scheduled breaks costs two Boyd Bucks per trip.

Cross’ son, an honor roll student, needed to go to the bathroom, but he sat back down because he didn’t have any Boyd Bucks, his mother said.

“He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t,” Cross said. “He came home from school, and he was crying and really upset.”

“Really, that’s just unhealthy,” Cross said. “I think that she had no concern for the children.”

Cross complained to the teacher, but didn’t like the response.

“Originally when I first spoke with the teacher, she was just going to show my son special treatment, but then I said, ‘That’s just not good enough. I need for you to stop this for all the children,'” she said.

Cross informed school administrators, who quickly told the teacher to stop charging her students to go to the bathroom.

“It’s not a bad idea to have a reward program in the class — and they’re going to continue that, but not for the bathroom breaks,” Irving school district spokesman Billy Rudolph said.

Gee, do ya think? It makes me wonder exactly what they’re teaching in Education programs at our universities these days.

Update: The original headline for this post inadvertently stated that this took place in Florida. It actually took place in Texas. Hence, I have corrected the post title.

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  1. michael reynolds says:

    Texas.

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  2. Just Me says:

    As an adult with a fully developed sense of bladder control, I would be peeved if somebody tried to charge me for bathroom breaks or schedule when I could go.

    Kids-especially second graders should be able to go when they feel the need within some reasonable rules and expectations.

    I think setting up a system where some kids might wet themselves is pretty cruel.

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  3. Alex Knapp says:

    I can’t believe that freeloading parent is teaching her child to be a looter. The teacher is giving her son the invaluable lesson of capitalism. Namely, that you have to earn what you get. I can’t believe that red blooded Americans think their kids are entitled to use the restroom. I hope the teacher goes Galt.

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  4. PJ says:

    Were the kids allowed to trade among each others for Boyd Bucks?
    Were the kids allowed to buy Boyd Bucks from the teacher?
    Maybe she was just trying to teach them capitalism? And that everyone doesn’t have a bladder for three scheduled breaks? And that those kids should earn extra Boyd Bucks by doing things for the kids with better bladders?

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  5. Gustopher says:

    It’s A Privilege To Pee!

    This is a perversion of the free market. A better solution would be to limit the total number of potty breaks, and then auction them off to the highest bidder. The children would then be encouraged to set up a secondary market, including options, derivatives, loans, etc.

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  6. Franklin says:

    To be honest, not as many kids would have bathroom problems in 2nd grade if we potty-trained them at a reasonable age in the States. But that’s an argument for another time.

    Teacher remains an ass.

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  7. JKB says:

    It’s so cute that two think this is capitalism. Explains a lot about why most here don’t understand the comment. Just because “bucks” are involved doesn’t mean it’s capitalism.

    In fact, this is an example of the oppressive state. If you behave in a manner that pleases the state, the state gives you money which you can then use to buy indulgences. When you are out of state favors, you must suffer. A wiser lesson would be to teach the kid to revolt against the state and fight for bathroom freedom. The kid should have just got up and gone claiming a natural right to pee in extremis and dare the oppressive dictator to send their jackbooted thugs to stand between him and the urinal.

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  8. Alex Knapp says:

    Typical liberal socialist thinking by JKB – if you don’t earn it, take it by force.

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  9. MstrB says:

    Happened in Florida huh, well that is shocking.

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  10. I was in error.

    This happened in Texas not Florida. I have corrected the post title and inserted an update.

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  11. BGA says:

    @Alex Knapp: Are you serious with your comments? I really cant tell if your being sarcastic or your dead serious. How does one earn the right to go to the bathroom? If this about receiving candy or some kind of reward I would agree with you but going to the bathroom?

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  12. Boyd says:

    I feel obligated to point out that all of my bucks are Boyd Bucks.

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  13. So it’s basically it’s an RL version of Urinetown: The Musical?

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  14. @BGA:

    *watches the humor train blow through BGA Station without even slowing down.*

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  15. Herb says:

    @Boyd:

    “I feel obligated to point out that all of my bucks are Boyd Bucks.”

    Hilarious.

    I hope yours are worth more. Two “good deeds” for a bathroom break? Not a very rewarding reward, if you ask me.

    I feel bad for the kid. He won’t forget that time he peed his pants in 2nd grade….and none of the other kids will either.

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  16. MarkedMan says:

    All of Boyd’s bucks are Boyd Bucks? Talk about being born with an unfair advantage! Why, Boyd can pee whenever he wants! I bet he’s peeing right now!

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  17. Anderson says:

    Im just surprised this is the ONLY classroom in Texas doing this.

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  18. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Anderson:

    Im just surprised this is the ONLY classroom in Texas doing this.

    I wouldn’t bet on that.

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  19. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JKB:

    In fact, this is an example of the oppressive state. If you behave in a manner that pleases the state, the state gives you money which you can then use to buy indulgences. When you are out of state favors, you must suffer.

    I agree JKB. That is exactly why the GOP is so against higher income taxes on the rich, higher capital gains taxes, and any kind of inheritance tax! And exactly why they are for cuts on Medicare, medicaid, and Social Security!

    Because old people need to just hurry up and die.

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  20. Scott says:

    Just want to say that no, this is not taught in university education classes.

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