Teacher's bathroom note to students sparks outrage: 'That borders on cruel and inhumane'

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor

A Memphis middle school teacher’s outrageous bathroom pass for her students has parents up in arms.

The note, which was posted on social media by Twitter user @iJaadee, is titled: “Mrs. White’s 8th Grade Admin/Bathroom/Water/Nurse Pass, according to The Mighty.

It goes on to say that each child is allowed to leave the classroom to use the bathroom, see the nurse, or get water only twice in an entire month.

Once the two boxes on the letter are signed by White, the children — as young as 13 — aren’t allowed to leave the classroom again for the rest of the month unless they have a doctor’s note.

The teacher, who is referred to only as Mrs. White, teaches at Aspire Hanley Middle School in Memphis, WATN-TV reports. She acknowledges in the note that she is being “petty” but says the teacher reserves the right to deny students the opportunity to visit the restroom, nurse, or get water during their lesson.

Twitter user @iJaadee posted a screenshot of the note online, along with the caption: “Your child comes home and shows you this note her teacher had her sign at school. What’s your reaction?”

Needless to say, people were furious over the teacher’s actions. Take a look at some of the responses below:

However, others were sympathetic to the teacher and how hard it is to control a classroom full of kids.

On Aug. 30, the school released a statement on its Facebook page about the bathroom pass, saying it “was inconsistent with our school’s actual policies, our mission, and our values.”

“Please know the safety and care of our students is always our first priority. It is important that students know we respect them and are responsive to their needs,” the statement read.

“To reinforce these values, we convened our full team today to review all relevant policies and procedures. We will continue to work with our teachers and staff to ensure all school policies and values are consistently maintained in each classroom.”

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