05/22/2014 04:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Teacher In Trouble After Making Elementary Students 'Pay To Potty'

A third-grade teacher in Vancouver, Washington is being investigated by school district officials after parents complained that she made students pay to use the restroom.

The objectionable policy came to light after two girls in the class wet themselves

KATU reports that one of the class's two unnamed teachers introduced fake money as a classroom currency. The station says:

Several third graders at Mill Plain Elementary said their third grade teachers require them to earn $50 of Monopoly money to buy toys, popcorn or pizza or use it to go to the bathroom.

"What kid is going to spend money to go to the bathroom?" [parent Merchon Ortega] said. "No child should have to pay to use the restroom. Are you kidding me? That's absolutely insane."

The mother of the other girl who wet herself said her daughter used her money to buy popcorn because that's what her friends did and she didn't want to be left out. The girl held her bladder until it hurt and she wet herself.

District spokeswoman Gail Spolar told KOIN that "pay to potty" is not a district policy, but rather a way in which the teachers kept track of when the students left the classroom.

A substitute teacher has replaced the teacher being investigated.

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