Teacher’s Reward Program Charges Second-Graders for Bathroom Breaks

By Kevin Cokely

The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom Thursday afternoon.

“I was absolutely appalled,” Sonja Cross said. “I could not believe it.”

The first-year teacher at J.O. Davis Elementary awards her students with “Boyd Bucks” for good behavior. Going to the bathroom outside of the three scheduled breaks costs two Boyd Bucks per trip.

Cross’ son, an honor roll student, needed to go to the bathroom, but he sat back down because he didn’t have any Boyd Bucks, his mother said.

“He tried to hold it as much as he could, but he just couldn’t,” Cross said. “He came home from school, and he was crying and really upset.”

“Really, that’s just unhealthy,” Cross said. “I think that she had no concern for the children.” Cross complained to the teacher, but didn’t like the response.

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