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School Makes Kids Pay to Use the Bathroom??

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:10 AM
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School Makes Kids Pay to Use the Bathroom

kid raising hand in class

When you're a kid, if you've gotta go, you've gotta go ... which is why an elementary school in Australia is getting flack for punishing students who use the bathroom too much.

Bellbridge Primary School has begun "fining" (via fake currency) students who take bathroom breaks outside of lunchtime and recess. This rule was designed to teach the kids the value of money ... only since when does anyone, adult, child or otherwise, have to pay to pee?

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Parents of kids who attend Bellbridge are understandably upset by this new rule -- and if my kids went there I would be, too. Because this school is essentially punishing kids for doing something that's just, well, part of life! Can you imagine punishing your kids for having to blow their nose or do anything else we all just have to do when the need arises?

By stigmatizing "natural" behaviors like bathroom breaks, this school is setting up their students not only for embarrassing accidents, but for hangups about their bodies down the line. Because let's face it: needing to pee is just a natural fact of life. So let's treat it that way, okay?

What do you think of this "no bathroom breaks" rule?

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by Anonymous 1 on Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Most HS teachers where my dd's went give 2 passes a semester per class.  They have time between classes, and lunch and TOO many kids abuse it so I think this is more than fair.  Something had to be done or it was a free for all with kids leaving and hardly any class time were all the kids in the classroom at the same time.  

I can't see charging kids with fake money and not at the elementary level.  I can see kids playing in the sinks and messing around and you can curb that.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 4, 2015 at 10:54 AM
If I were a parent of a child going to that school I'd pull my kid out immediately and I register for a different school.
If I were a child going to that school I would pee outside.
EarlGrayHot
by on Mar. 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM

No it's not fair!  It's stupid!  To restrict children from using the bathroom when they need it is outrageous.  I would love to see you people who think this is ok follow that rule as an adult.  Even if you go during recess or whenever, sometimes you still have to go other times.

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