Mom Speaks out After Son Was Allegedly Forced to Pee in Classroom When Teacher Wouldn’t Let Him Use Restroom


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.

Mongol said:

“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.

Mitchell said:
“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.

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  1. This is soooo despicable. I am glad the school board and police department are both taking appropriate action.

  2. This happened to me when I was about 7 years old. I was lucky because the other kids in my class know I could not control the situation and it was not my fault and never said anything to anyone outside the class and I had a letter from my Dr. that said I had bladder problems and couldn’t hold it long so when my mom brought my cloths to change she had the teacher go out in the hall and for the first time in my 7 years of life I heard my mother cuss and she lit in to that women. This was 40 years ago.

  3. This is such a shame to do this to a child! I hope the mother gets some kind of justice for what happened & if the principal keeps denying to talk to the mom & other parents then he should be fired.

  4. This is pure abuse! The teacher should be fired immediately and the parents should sue the school and school board. What is going on in the USA that people think they can act like this?!?!?! UNBELIEVABLE & OUTRAGEOUS!

  5. No excusing the teacher, (students have been known to use the bathroom excuse to just leave the school) but there should be a method in place for students to walk the halls. (A hall pass) There also should have been someone monitoring the halls. I get the impression that school has problems with students wandering the halls and try to contain them in the classroom.
    As for the parent, this could have been avoided by having a note sent into both the school nurse and the teacher, requesting that her child is allowed to go to the bathroom when he requests to go. (I am guessing he does have a very common condition concerning bladder control, which easily controlled by urinating more frequently). That incident forcing the child to pee in the trash can was wrong.

  6. Ok none of you must be teaching in public schools because kids take advantage of going to the bathroom all the time!! Teachers also have students go during transition times or hall times. If he chose not to go during that free time but chose to ask during lesson time request gets denied. Now, i do agree that the teacher should have been able to see him squirming so that would have been a clue that he was telling the truth. The fact that he continued to ask during the following weeks and was denied some of the time should tell you he is using it for attention especially seeing how his mom reacted. But also clues to probably him not using the bathroom at approved bathroom times. If he waits until lesson time every time i would deny him too. Now the issue of medical problem or not there should be notes and communication between drs order and all staff that have a need to know gym teacher librarian etc in case he asks during those times. And further kids go to the bathroom to hang with friends or in an article dearly posted a group of girls bullied another girl on camera in the bathroom. 7/8 year olds can be capable of doing that. Work in a public school for a week… You will see it all.

  7. I’m sorry but I agree with this teacher and “KG”. Work in the school system for 1 day….heck volunteer in the classroom for 1 day, and you’ll see exactly what happens. This child is 8!!! My 5 yr old can hold it but he can’t?!? So if there is an ACTUAL PROBLEM, there would be a Dr note….he’s just abusing the classroom rules and the mom should be humiliated that her 8 Year old!!!!!!! Can’t hold it!! I smell an ambulance chaser…looking for a payout. Sorry, my opinion. I have 4 kids…who can all hold it 😒 including my 15 month old for a short period of time!!!!!!!! You lost me at “LA civil activists” mom!!! Lawsuit waiting to happen! Haha Millenial Mom! Good luck in life kiddo! This is your legacy and you can thank your momma!!

    • I also worked in the school system and have kids of my own and I never ever stopped a child from using the rest room obviously your one of those moms whos kids have to go to the washroom when you have to go, even when they have to go but are afraid to ask as I see it your probably one of those moms who blow up and say how come you didnt go before we left. Case closed your that type of mom.

  8. KG & Meghan, while kids, as well as adults, abuse every system there is, making this child pee his pants and then wear garbage bags is completely appalling! Who cares if he doesn’t go in-between classes? Maybe he has anxiety about going in front of other kids so he needs to go in class time. You can’t tell me that as a teacher, you can’t figure out within a week or two who are the kids abusing the system. You’re definitely not very good judge of characters! There are so many reasons why a hold can’t hold his urine and maybe mom hasn’t taken him to the Dr. because her son hasn’t told him he has to urinate frequently in school. He could have a UTI, they could be poor and not be able to afford the Dr. bill. And just because your kids can “hold it” doesn’t mean every child can. I believe that abusers of the system should definitely have consequences, but have some common sense and reasoning behind your actions. I’m a 51 year old man and I don’t like how kids are being raised these days either, but c’mon now, really?????

  9. The teacher should be reprimanded I don’t blame him when you gotta go you gotta go you can only hold it so long as far as wearing the same clothes all day with a trash bag he probably stunk And that’s why he gets teased they should have sent him home he probably has a rash because it wouldn’t have fully dried out .

  10. Why wasn’t the parents called to bring dry clothes or come to pick up the child. Doesn’t makes sense. Would the person who put him in the trash bag want this done to their child.

  11. I am pretty sure I’d have a new use for those trash bags…. OMG and those supporting the teachers…. get a clue… truly…. I don’t care if you are a teacher or not….. all the stern, mightier than thou teachers, all powerful do so much damage and earn no respect…. you love yourselves… everyone else sees you for who you are… school should be less about nerves and all about gaining a love for learning… and yes, in short time; you can figure out which students, need a little extra etc…. if you don’t like it don’t teach because what you are doing is teaching children to be ashamed, to allow bullying even from you?! Not a chance…… Everyone has teachers like you….. and they learn to be less caring and empathetic, less of a love for school…. you do yourselves in…it’s a vicious circle… try working with families with open, honest discussions, it’s possible you can bridge gaps and change the life of a student… I get that it often times is from the top down dysfunction… can’t you be better than this….

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