SPOKANE, Wash. - Imagine your child comes home from school with soiled pants and says his teacher wouldn't let him use the bathroom.
That's the situation a local parent says she's dealing with at Longfellow Elementary School. To ensure her son's privacy she did not want to give her full name but said she is very concerned about her son's health at Longfellow because she claims her son's been denied bathroom breaks several times.
Last week the mom said her second-grader begged the teacher to go to the bathroom but after two restroom breaks said he was not allowed to go any more. Mom then said her son had an accident and sat in his clothes all day until he came home from school later that day.
The mom said this is the second time this has happened..
"It's very sad for a child to have to sit in that and it's not just him it's everybody else in the school as well," she said. "This can't be legal for schools to operate in this way and there has to be some sort of protection for the children."
KHQ Local News reporter Chelsea Kopta called the principal who then directed her to the spokesperson for Spokane Public Schools, Kristy Mylroie. Mylroie didn't have specifics about the incident with the second-grader but explained the school's bathroom break policies which she says are set "class by class."
In general, she says students have two "official" bathroom breaks. If kids still need to go, they can ask the teacher, sign out and get a hall pass. Mylroie said if students still need to go to the restroom or have medical issues, that it's up to the parent to talk to the teacher to figure out an individual plan for the student.