A third grade teacher in Vancouver, Washington instituted a new bathroom policy in which students must pay to pee. Not surprising, multiple children wet themselves.
Under the new pee policy, third grade students at Mill Plain Elementary could earn fictional money by doing their homework or being nice to others. The play money could later be used to buy things like popcorn, small toys, pointless crap or a bathroom pass.
Like most 8-year-olds would, the children decided their money was better spent on treats than trips to the bathroom. The result? Wet pants.
For some reason, after the first kid wet themselves, the teacher didn’t think “hmm, maybe this pee policy was a bad idea…” and the program continued. The result? Another pair of wet pants.
The two soaking wet students, both girls, told their parents they wet their pants because they hadn’t accumulated enough pretend classroom money to pay for privilege. Cue parental outrage.
“I’m so angry!” one parent told KATU.com, explaining that her daughter wanted to buy popcorn like her friends, and was told she couldn’t use the bathroom if she didn’t want to pay. “When a child has to pay money to use the bathroom…It’s inhumane. That’s a health issue. This is a school. This isn’t a jail. This isn’t a prison. We send our kids to school to learn and to get a good education.”
“What kid is going to spend money to go to the bathroom?” another parent vented. “No child should have to pay to use the restroom. Are you kidding me? That’s absolutely insane.”
The pretend money was designed to teach students about the value of money, but with the alarming high imaginary price of $50 for toilet time, the only lesson is taught students was to hold it in or fight for your right to potty.