14 y/o middle school student suspended for urinating in class

Okay yall, what do you you think about this?  14 y/o Michael Patterson (who is black) says he was forced to urinate in a bottle because his teacher (who is black) would not let him go to the bathroom. Patterson and his mother alleged that he asked to use the bathroom for 20 minutes.  As a result, Patterson was suspended for 5 days and the teacher, is on paid admin. leave and will be reassigned to a different school.

The school has concluded that the teacher did nothing wrong and that the student urinated in the bottle 5 minutes into class starting.  Their policy is that no student is to be in the hall the  first 10 or the last 10 minutes of class, and that the teacher told Patterson to wait until the halls cleared.

Now Patterson’s mother and the NAACP are demanding that the teacher be fired and claim that this was a violation of Patterson’s civil rights.  My question to the blog community:  Is this a racial issue?  Did this teacher deny his student the right to use the bathroom because he was black?  Should the NAACP be involved in this case?

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4 Responses

  1. you wrote: As a result, Patterson was suspended for 5 days and the teacher, is on paid admin. leave and will be reassigned to a different school.

    plez sez: if the teacher did nothing wrong, why is the teacher on paid leave and being reassigned to another school?

    you wrote: Now Patterson’s mother and the NAACP are demanding that the teacher be fired and claim that this was a violation of Patterson’s civil rights.

    plez sez: how is this a racial issue when ALL of the parties involved are of the same race? also, when did the act of denying a middle school student the opportunity to go to the restroom a violation of one’s civil rights? that’s a bit far-fetched if you ask me.

    i know some middle school students and anyone who will willingly be a teacher for that age group is to be commended. the details surrounding this issue are sketchy, but i would tend to err on the side of the teacher. the teacher probably denied this student the use of the restroom because he is a 14-year old middle school student (not because he is black) and this is another ridiculous case of the NAACP barking up the wrong tree!

    by engaging in these specious actions, the NAACP inches closer and closer to irrelevance and extinction.

  2. Plez: you raised the same questions and concerns I had. I don’t think that this was a racial issue, and the NAACP needs to be careful and do proper investigations before they decide to support a case.

  3. I was told by my mother growing up that if some teacher told me I couldn’t leave class for something like going to the bathroom to get up and leave anyway. Luckily it never came down to that.

    This sounds ridiculous. If the kid had to go, why didn’t she let him go? I also agree that race has NOTHING to do with this. NAACP shouldn’t be involved. The mother should’ve went to the school board instead.

  4. I holds with everything that has been said already. The Naacp should be ashamed of getting involved in this incident.

    Also when are black people going to get a grip and relize that blamming the school or teachers for our childrens behavior is getting old and tired.

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