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Missouri Kindergartner Forced To Sit In Her Diarrhea

Missouri Kindergartner Forced To Sit In Her Diarrhea

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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6:54AM PDT on May 3, 2012

That is so sickening. Fire the damn bitch?

9:08AM PDT on May 2, 2012

Can you say ... lawsuit?

I KNEW you could, boys and girls !!!

(Thanks to Mr. Rogers ...)

10:41PM PDT on May 1, 2012

This whole situation is wrong on sooo many levels. My heart goes out to this poor girl as well as her mom. My oldest child is 6 years and if it were any of my children that administration would be getting an earful.

2:48PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

As a teacher, this is not acceptable.

1:35PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

I am completely dumbfounded. It is unimaginable to me that this could happen at all. And not even try to clean the child up?

5:11AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

It was a horrible thing to happen to anyone.
I agree completely with Nicole G's comment.The teacher might not have been aware of the urgency of the child's request.There is also the horrible fact that if the teacher had left the class with the little girl she would have been in trouble for leaving the others unsupervised.

5:07AM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

It was a horrible thing to happen to anyone.
I agree completely with Nicole G's comment.The teacher might not have been aware of the urgency of the child's request.There is also the horrible fact that if the teacher had left the class with the little girl she would have been in trouble for leaving the others unsupervised.

7:02PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

This was one of the most terrible things I read about this week. What a horrible and wicked teacher!! Shame on her. Not only didn't she let the little girl go to the bathroom, she didn't clean her up or anything. Shame on this witch. She probably scarred this kid for life.

9:29AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Not only should that teacher allow her to go to the bathroom while waiting for her mother, she should have gone with her to help her. Even Mitt Romney had the decency to clean off the dog that time on vacation.

6:57AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

When the objective of school is not to teach or encourage a child any longer, but to insure standardization and good test results, this is what you get. Every parent in America should be forced to read this article, and then told that this is their doing - they demanded a better school system, but never took into account that in doing so without being involved that they were giving room to administrators and politicians to create such situations, not to mention teachers who are given orders to follow or be fired. Creating schools that follow a corporate model for education is nothing more than forcing teachers to be jailers and coaches, and students to be drones forever. We have allowed this to happen, and now we are seeing the consequences. If you do not like this kind of approach to education, then I suggest strenuously that you get involved in your local schools, demand something other than charter schools and vouchers, and start paying for your schools locally, not federally, so you can control how the schools work. It takes effort and time, but until you do, this kind of thing will continue to happen.

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