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Killeen teacher reprimanded for not allowing student to use restroom

KILLEEN, Texas - A substitute teacher at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Killeen is reprimanded and relieved of their teaching duties for the rest of the school year after a student soiled herself in the classroom because the teacher wouldn't let her use the bathroom.

The Killeen communications officer tells FOX44 a student asking to use the restroom and the teacher telling them to wait has happened before, but the decision to not let them use the restroom is a violation of school standards - and some parents agree.

"Well, if they asked and they're like, 'I really have to go', They should be able to go," says Killeen mother Alex Carpender.

Carpender and many others are not too happy after a Cedar Valley Elementary student soiled herself in the classroom after a substitute teacher would not allow her to use the restroom. 

"They can cause bladder infections and all kinds of things," says Carpender.

According to Killeen Independent School District Chief Communications Officer Terry Abbott,
this teacher's decision is a violation of school standards.

"If they need to go, they are children. I understand time management and stuff like that, but they are still children," says Carpender.

The substitute teacher, who has not been identified, has since been reprimanded and will not be able to teach for the rest of the school year.

But some parents have a different view.

One man who did not want to be identified said, "We don't know what the kid or kids were doing before this happened, so I can't say if the teacher is totally at fault."

School officials also investigated allegations the girl was bullied, but found no evidence to support the claim.

"The substitute shouldn't be able to teach if that's how they're going to be, you know, parenting-ish people's children. Making them do that,'' says Carpender.

According to Abbott, the parents of the student were apologized to, and rules are in place so this doesn't happen again.


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