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A second grade teacher's restroom policy is coming under scrutiny this week after a mother claimed her 7-year-old son wet his pants in class when he wasn't allowed to use the bathroom on Thursday.
The teacher at J.O. Davis Elementary in Irving, Texas, charged two "Boyd Bucks" for bathroom visits taken outside the three scheduled breaks, according to KXAS-TV. Students earn the Boyd Bucks for good behavior.
Mother Sonja Cross told the television station that her son had to pee but didn't have any Boyd Bucks.
"He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t," Cross said. "He came home from school, and he was crying and really upset."
Despite Cross' complaint, the teacher isn't facing any disciplinary action. However, Irving school district spokesman Billy Rudolph told KXAS-TV that restroom breaks will no longer be part of the reward program.
Withholding or charging for unscheduled bathroom breaks has been (an often controversial) strategy of other schools.
In 2010, a second grade teacher at Taft Elementary School in Marion, Ohio, reportedly disciplined students who asked to go to the bathroom by charging them "Taft Bucks," a similar incentive program to the "Boyd Bucks" utilized at J.O. Davis Elementary.
The school had the teacher change the bathroom policy after two parents complained, WCMH reports, but the district superintendent added that it was something of a no-win situation.
"We don't intentionally withhold bathroom privileges for children," Jim Barney said at the time, "but we do also have to help children understand control and those kinds of things. When a group goes to the bathroom and children line up to do that and 10 minutes later all of the sudden a child has to use the restroom, my concern is that they kids is wanting to avoid a class or doesn't like to read."
In January, parents at Coney Island's PS 90 in New York protested their principal's implementation of a new bathroom policy, which limited when and how often fifth grade students could go to the bathroom. Students who were able to save up their bathroom vouchers would be rewarded with prizes, such as pencils and stickers, according to the Brooklyn Daily.