A Texas mother says she’s outraged after learning that her 7-year-old son’s teacher makes students “pay” to use the bathroom.
"I was absolutely appalled," Sonja Cross told NBC 5. "I could not believe it."
The J.O. Davis Elementary teacher requires students to pay for trips to the toilet with “Boyd Bucks,” fake money the first-year instructor uses to reward the children for good behavior.
Cross said she found out about the unusual system after her son wet his pants during school because he didn’t have enough “Boyd Bucks” for a bathroom run.
“He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t," she explained. “Really, that's just unhealthy.”
Cross said her 7-year-old was not allowed to go to the bathroom because he didn't have enough "Boyd Bucks" to pay for the trip.
Her young son came home crying because his fellow classmates started teasing him, prompting Cross to demand the teacher end the reward system.
“Originally, when I first spoke with the teacher, she was just going to show my son special treatment, but then I said, ‘That's just not good enough. I need for you to stop this for all the children,’” she said.
Cross spoke to administrators at the Dallas-area school who told the unidentified teacher to do away with the system – for bathroom trips, at least.
School administrators said the teacher will not face any disciplinary action.
"It's not a bad idea to have a reward program in the class, and they're going to continue that but not for the bathroom breaks," Irving school district spokesman Billy Rudolph told NBC 5.
Administrators say the teacher will not face any disciplinary action, though Cross says she’s thinking about asking that the instructor be suspended.