A Los Angeles, California mom, protesting alongside civil rights activists outside of her son’s school Thursday, says a teacher refused to let him go to the bathroom.
CBSLA reports that Sonia Mongol stood outside of Manhattan Place Elementary, where she says her 8-year-old son was denied access to the bathroom in November 2018.
Mongol claims that when her son could not hold his urine any longer, his teacher told him his only option was to use the trash can at the front of the classroom, “exposing himself in front of all the other students.”
The mom said:
“He went to the nurse’s office, he received no help.”
After urinating on himself, Mongol says her son was given two trash bags to wear over his urine-saturated clothes.
“Why would you make a child expose himself in front of the classroom and then put a garbage bag over him when he came to you for help? Why would you treat a child that way? He’s a kid.”
Latricia Mitchell, a retired teacher, stood in support of the mother. She explained that teachers often deny bathroom requests because students take advantage of it, but teachers have to use better judgment.
“After they ask you twice, you should realize something is going on.”
Mongol says she will be taking the issue to the school board since the school’s principal would not respond to her concerns. Further, her son has reportedly been bullied since the incident occurred.
Los Angeles Unified School District officials released the following statement:
“Los Angeles Unified takes all matters concerning the safety and well-being of our students very seriously. Upon learning about this allegation, law enforcement was notified immediately and the District is fully cooperating in the investigation.”
However, while the district addresses this case, Mongol’s son is still allegedly being denied requests to use the bathroom.
ABC 7 reports that the mom stated her son asked to use the restroom again this week and was told no. After asking again, he was allowed to go but subsequently locked out of the classroom.
During the press conference, Mongol said:
“New restroom laws need to be put into place. Children should be able to go to the restroom whenever they have to go. Our child did not deserve this, no child deserves to be treated this way. We are outraged, but this will be used not just to make conditions better for our child but for our children.”
Other parents and community activists in support of Mongol demanded to meet with the school’s principal, but were unsuccessful.
According to ABC 7, the faculty member who dressed Mongol’s son in the trash bags is no longer working at the school.