There is so much wrong with this tale that it’s hard to know where to start. A six-year-old sitting in her own poop in the classroom? A kindergartner taking a standardized test, “in training” for the real thing, which won’t happen until third grade?
A Missouri mother says her 6-year-old daughter was humiliated last week after she was denied a bathroom break in her kindergarten class and was forced to sit in her diarrhea during a test session at school.
“They didn’t even bother trying to clean her up or anything. She still had poop, diarrhea poop, coming out the back, up her front, down her legs,” the mother, Lisa Skidmore of Washburn, Missouri, told KY3-TV.
Skidmore says her daughter was forced to sit in the class for the remainder of test time, about 15 minutes, then mom was called after the test, and it was a 20-minute drive to school to pick up her daughter.
All the while, the little girl had to sit in the mess. No one bothered to clean her up, although a teacher did give her a trash bag to wrap around herself. Did that teacher think about the child’s feelings? How the rest of the class must be feeling about the incident? How the little girl just might want to never see her teacher or her classmates again?
The incident happened at Southwest Elementary School in Washburn, Missouri, where children were participating in the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests, the state standardized testing.
Why was a kindergartner taking this test, which is not required until third grade? Apparently the child’s kindergarten teacher was sticking to MAP testing guidelines in efforts to simulate the stringent rules to prepare students for what’s to come, School District Superintendent Bob Walker told KY3-TV on Tuesday. He added that from here on out, he has instructed all his teachers to be more sensitive to other situations that might come up during testing like this one.
“I don’t want this to happen to any other kid. That’s the point of this: I don’t want this ever happening,” Walker said, according to KY3-TV.
The child’s mother said she has asked school officials for an explanation and a policy change.
This must be the most efficient way to permanently turn a child off education: force her to take a standardized test at age six, refuse to let her go to the bathroom (what did they think she was going do to? check her cell phone?), and force her to sit in her own mess.
As a teacher, I am ashamed and furious that a member of my profession would ever treat a child this way. This teacher should be forced to make a public apology for her actions to the student in front of everyone who was present when this occurred. What she did was completely inexcusable.
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