In San Diego a 14-year-old student says her teacher refused to let her use the restroom and made her urinate in a bucket instead.
According to the Los Angeles Times, when the student asked if she could be excused, her art teacher, Gonja Wolf, told her no and that she should go into a storage room, use the bucket, then dump it into the sink. The student says after that she was teased by other students and “no longer feels safe or comfortable” at school.
“It’s one of those cases that reminds us as parents that beyond all of the lessons we teach our children about the importance of respecting those in authority, we also have to teach them that sometimes it’s okay to defy them. We spend so much time teaching them to be obedient, to do as they’re asked, to listen to their teacher, and not to speak out of turn, but they need to know that sometimes it’s okay to throw that all out the window. It’s a fine line, for sure, but an important one.
Time and time again we see the trust of children broken by adults who abuse their power, and we can’t just issue a blanket statement to our kids to follow the rules of those in charge. We must teach them to think for themselves, even if that means breaking the rules sometimes.”
This is especially the case when childhood sexual abuse is concerned. We need to teach our children to say no when someone violates their personal boundaries or asks them to do something they aren’t comfortable with.
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- Principal: Teacher Told Student To Urinate In Bucket After Restroom Plea Refused (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- Art teacher ‘had sexual relations with students and plied them with pot and booze’ (dailymail.co.uk)