So; my DD's been frequenting a site called "Dear Blank Please Blank" which is basically a silly site where people write short notes asking something of someone - hence the title. Apparently a lot of posts lately have been detailing teachers not letting high school students go to the toilet, change their pad, etc - and when DD commented saying that because using the bathroom is not a choice, it is a natural biological urge that should not be supressed - she got inundated with comments saying that in their school it is a privilege and one girl claimed to even not be allowed to use the toilet at lunch because they "had" to remain in the cafeteria because other classes were still in session.
Maybe it's because we're not american - but I really don't see HOW it's a privliege. Teachers here are able to say "not right now" if they've JUST come in from lunch/play or are about to go OUT to lunch/home - but besides that they generally HAVE to say yes. My youngest was actually given punishments for going too many times - even when I gave him a doctors letter defining her small bladder, tendancy to develop UTI's and have accidents - and tried to ban her from the toilet - Yeah - that didn't happen. There's one girl in my youngest's class who has to have a teacher aide escort her to the bathroom because she mucks up a lot - but they are still not allowed to outright ban toilet visits. My eldest was hiding in the toilet when she was in trouble and I said "Well don't let her go" and they said they weren't allowed to 'ban' her; they weren't allowed to escort her actually IN to the bathroom to make sure she came out - so they had to make her take a 'buddy' (this was in 5th grade) like a baby so that she couldn't run away.
So - Privliege or right? Does your opinion change on grade/medical condition or behaviour? What about things like changing a pad (which definetely take more time than the passing time between classes)- is that a privliege or a right to excuse yourself during class to change your sanitary wear?
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