A 7th grader at Klein ISD in Houston, Tex. says he was forced to urinate in a plastic water bottle after his teacher denied his plea to use the restroom, My Fox Houston reports.
"Finally, the teacher gets tired enough of him asking; tells him absolutely no, she's going to write him up if he asks again," Bill Hawkins, the boy's attorney, told the station. "If he leaves the classroom, she'll write him up for truancy, and then she has the nerve to tell him she hopes he pees his pants."
Despite the boy's testimony, according to a post by the Houston Chronicle, he faces one month in "an alternative campus" as punishment for the public potty break.
Hawkins told the paper that the boy's parents declined to have their names released, but contacted him last week to appeal the disciplinary action.
According to a report by KPRC TV, school officials declined to discuss the incident, but issued a statement:
"Klein ISD must follow proper protocol when dealing with disciplinary matters for all students and the information must be kept confidential. The same is true for matters involving employees. As far as bathroom breaks, the student handbook under the section Behavior of Students indicates that students will find the following suggestions helpful in maintaining a good relationship with their teachers and fellow students.
Plan your rest stops and use the water fountain between classes. With that said, teachers typically handle situations like this on a case by case basis.
To be clear on the facts, the principal issued the discipline placement and the parents are appealing that placement. The appeal process now goes to the associate superintendent of school administration, where the case will be heard and either upheld, changed or reversed."