SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A Washoe County second grader claims he was forced to wet his pants, and sit in his own urine for two hours. The student says it all happened because a substitute teacher refused his requests to use the restroom during classroom hours.
The parent of this student is at a loss how this allegedly could have happened. But she is also upset that she cannot find out what specifically the district is doing about it.
When Anjie Love picked up her son from school three weeks ago, the child was already in tears. "I said 'what's wrong' and he said, 'mom, my teacher wouldn't let me use the bathroom today and I peed my pants.'"
Her son is a second grader at Robert Mitchell Elementary School in Sparks. She says her seven-year-old drinks a lot of water to alleviate his eczema, which is a dry skin condition. After returning from recess, her son says he asked his substitute teacher five times to use the restroom, only to be denied each time. "She made me wet my pants, she told me go on my sweater."
The child says after he urinated on himself, the substitute made him sit in his wet pants. He had to sit for two hours until class ended.
Love says her son asked to see the school nurse, and was denied. When he asked to call his mother for a change of clothes, he was denied again. "To know that other students were mocking him and laughing at him and she decided to force him to stay sitting in that classroom with urine all over himself, it is beyond bullying to me."
A voicemail was left for Robert Mitchell Elementary Principal Meredith Johnson, who had district staff return the call. Love called Principal Johnson the day after the incident, and was told the principal would call her back if the substitute teacher's version of the story was different from Love's. "I expected a call back either way, but I didn't get one, so her story must not have been different."
Love says she called again and was able to get in touch with Principal Johnson. The principal said she could not discuss the issue, and was filling out paperwork on the incident.
The school district declined an interview for the story, but released a statement one week after our initial inquiries, saying, "We have removed her as a substitute, and her services will not be utilized until an investigation is complete."
"They did hire her," Love says. "Regardless if you don't know (the) intentions of somebody, when you hire somebody, they are a reflection upon yourself."
There are several steps to becoming a substitute teacher for the Washoe County School District after obtaining a license from the Nevada State Department of Education. You must pass a face-to-face screening interview and attend an orientation. Once approved, substitutes must teach one day every six months to maintain teacher status.
Excerpts of the district's substitute service's mission statement reads, "Substitute teaching is a demanding job that requires positive attitudes." It also says the subs need to "provide a safe and supportive environment for students entrusted in their care."
Love is still being told she cannot know the name of her son's substitute teacher, and has not heard from the district regarding the incident. When asked if she considers her son's word to be credible in this situation, Love responded, "100%. Not only do I 100% believe his word, but there was definitely evidence seeing that his pants were fully saturated in urine."
Love is pleased with the substitute being removed from classrooms, but still is not satisfied. She is still looking for a call from the school district, and wants to know what specific repercussions are being put on this substitute teacher.