On Your Side: Alleged mistreatment at Sparks school

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Updated: 2/21/2014 6:05 pm
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.
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Darkness - 3/6/2014 7:24 AM
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I agree if the Substitute did this, that they are at fault, but just a note from a parent who raised 2 kids. Kids have been known to "exaggerate" now and again, and currently, we only have one side of the story, and it appears everyone has already convicted the substitute, based on that. Jumping the gun are we?

Sunfire09 - 2/26/2014 10:21 AM
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Wow, won't even release the name of the substitute teacher. Hmm, yeah that's right keep her under protection cause you know it was wrong! Why not admit the faults give that poor kid restitution and an apology and move on in life. That sub should be in jail minimum 5 years neglect! Show this damn country that we don't play around in school! Keep it professional and follow certain steps to provide the best and fullest education for these children!

BR549 - 2/25/2014 4:27 PM
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That poor kid !!

Kenny harding - 2/22/2014 11:07 AM
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my son to forced to sit in his own poop for about 2& a half hours while and everything was going on in the nurses office without me being called one time I've also called the Dean of principles I had to go to the school and find my kid standing in the middle of the nurses office legs apart when I asked what's wrong I grabbed his shoulder he said don't touch me I am gross I felt mortified that he was being treated like this the poop was dried going down his legs where is the companion these days

Opinion8ted - 2/22/2014 10:31 AM
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If this were my son....That teacher AND the principal would have to leave the country!

kdavis52 - 2/22/2014 9:47 AM
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Don't know what the sub's problem was but obviously they don't know that a young child's bladder is weak anyway. I always had a problem growing up. There is no way around it except for time. As part of a teacher's college training I think they should have a class on a juvenile's urinary and bowel maladies. My mom couldn't even understand what was wrong with me so I spent a lot of time in my room being punished. She thought I was just "lazy" to go to the bathroom when I was supposed to.

tonysam - 2/21/2014 7:07 PM
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Since substitutes are at-will employees, that sub most likely is long, long gone. The district pays its subs very little.

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