An eight-year-old boy was allegedly denied a bathroom break and forced to urinate on himself in front of his classmates before being dressed in bin bags for the remainder of the day.
His mum, Sonia Mongol, is reportedly now suing the Los Angeles Unified School District after the incident at Manhattan Place Elementary School in South Los Angeles in November last year.
The boy allegedly asked his teacher to use the bathroom and was refused, and when he asked a second time, was instructed to wee in the classroom’s bin, news site KABC reported.
“Instead of just letting him go, the teacher told him to urinate in a trashcan that was in the classroom and in front of his classmates,” the family’s lawyer told reporters last week.
The boy urinated on himself in the process which caused his clothes to become damp, according to the lawsuit.
When asking a teacher for help at his after-school program, they allegedly “made an example” of him by forcing him to wear two bin bags over top of his wee-drenched clothes.
“He went to another teacher to try to receive help and she proceeded to place a garbage bag on him to make an example out of him of what you should not do at school, instead of calling us and saying ‘can you please bring him a change of clothes’,” his mum told reporters.
According to the family’s lawsuit, the boy was also humiliated in March this year when he was allowed out of the classroom for a bathroom break, but locked out when he tried to get back in.
Ms Mongol said he had since transferred to a different school, but the mental wounds had yet to fade.
“He doesn't understand why when he went to adults for help they would do this to him, so it's had a lasting effect on him,” she said.
Ms Mongol claimed she was not notified of the incident by the school.
She is reportedly seeking damages for extreme negligence and creating a hostile environment.
The school district claimed it reported the matter to law enforcement when it was first notified, and the incident was now the subject of an administrative investigation, according to KABC.
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