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A teacher’s outrageous bathroom pass agreement to her students has left parents up in arms.

The note, which was posted to social media by Twitter user @iJaadee, is titled: “Mrs. White’s 8th Grade Admin/Bathroom/Water/Nurse Pass.

It goes on to say that each child – who could be as young as 13 – is only allowed to leave the class twice to either use the bathroom, see the nurse or to get water, in an entire month, shared Yahoo 7.

Once they use up their two passes the children aren’t allowed to leave the classroom again for the rest of the month unless they have a doctor’s note.

Mrs. White says in the letter that she knows her letter is ‘petty’ but the children are made the sign off permission for their teacher to deny them the opportunity to visit the restroom, nurse or get water during their lesson.

Twitter user @iJaadee posted a screenshot of the note online, alongside the caption: “Your child comes home and shows you this note her teacher had her sign at school. What’s your reaction?”

Responses include:
“As a future teacher, this is horrible and not at all how to manage a classroom. I would be on the phone with the principal immediately and be having a long meeting with this teacher and the principal. She’s not allowed to deny a child water, bathroom breaks or access to the nurse.”

“I thought this kind of torment had gone away decades ago. When I taught 8th grade, the kids could go as often as they needed. Nobody abused it. (Maybe her students hate her class?) I still remember projectile vomiting in 9th grade after being told I couldn’t go to the nurse.”

“It’s so sick. Who could deny a child medical care when it’s right down the hall?”

“That borders on cruel and inhumane.”

According to a local Memphis news site, the school released a statement about the letter, claiming it is ‘currently reviewing the circumstances under which the document was prepared and distributed to students’.

“Please know the safety and care of our students is always our first priority. It is important that students know we respect them and are responsive to their needs,” the statement read.

“To reinforce these values, we convened our full team today to review all relevant policies and procedures. We will continue to work with our teachers and staff to ensure all school policies and values are consistently maintained in each classroom.”

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  • I wonder what the real reason behind this is. Maybe the children are taking a lend of the teacher and constantly being absent from their seats. Very hard to teach someone who isn’t there most of the time.

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  • So in 8th grade I had a different teacher for every subject, meaning Mrs White’s class may go for 40mins and leaving other opportunities for the bathroom. It certainly does not see fair, especially for year 8 girls!

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  • I’d like to know the reasons why the teacher felt it necessary to enforce this and to get the children to sign it. Surely there are exceptions to the rule.

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  • I wouldn’t go as far to say that it’s petty, however, it does come across very harsh. I think by that age students should be time managing and going to the bathroom on their breaks, however, not being able to see a nurse if they are legitimately sick is probably going too far. As to water, break times were always enough for me, or even on the way to class to grab a drink, I think the toilet and water breaks side of it is reasonable.

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  • Yes. I understand how many students abuse classtime and use these reasons to get out of class, but you can’t make the entire class suffer for a few. Not allowed.

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  • This seems unreasonable – a kid can’t control how often they get sck, for example.

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  • Terrible really!!

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  • Oh my goodness, that’s just crazy!

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  • Utterly ridiculous!!

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  • Maybe some of the article was meant to be “tongue in cheek”. Even though I always went to the toilet during each break at school there were times when I did need to go apart from that. Nature doesn’t always work on a clock.
    I consider drinks of water should be allowed in the classroom. By the time you feel thirsty you have already started dehydrating according to many medical professionals. Most breaks are about 1 1/2 hours apart, sometimes longer.

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  • For girls at the age that might all of a sudden get their first period, they will need to go more than twice a month to the toilet or nurse.

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  • I think it’s very wrong. Two of my family (including my husband) get the urge to poo very suddenly. When they feel they have to go, they really have to go immediately. And my eldest is regularly constipated, I have to teach her not to delay but to go when she feels to need to. Of course we encourage our kids to go to the toilet during the breaks and sit on the toilet before school, when possible for 10 minutes or so. Also a child might get a belly ache, or a headache or need to vomit suddenly, they might fall and hurt themselves, they should be allowed to go to sick bay when they don’t feel good at any time.


    • There can be any number of complications due to not going to the toilet when needed. Ignoring a body needing to get rid of waste is ignoring normal bodily functions.

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  • There is such a thing called human rights!

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  • She’s worded it in a tongue-in-cheek manner but you can tell this teacher is fed up of toilet passes. 8th grade is high school, you get breaks between classes to use for toilet breaks anyway so unless there’s an underlying medical issue its not that big an ask that kids use some commonsense and go in that five minutes between classes. However applying a twice a month limit for seeing the nurse, dadmin or needing a drink of water is a different matter and completely inappropriate to limit.

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  • Twice in a month ?!? Thats a bit harsh i think !

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