Teacher, Student Punished For Classroom Urination Incident
Sacramento school officials on Monday suspended a 14-year-old boy who said he was forced to urinate in a bottle after his science teacher refused to let him use the restroom.
"I can't believe they don't believe me," Michael Patterson said in a telephone interview after he was given the five-day suspension. "I have no reason to lie. What I said happened happened."
The suspension notice said he was barred from class until May 8 for "relieving himself in the classroom, which caused a school disruption."
Patterson said he went into a corner of the classroom last Tuesday and urinated into an empty Gatorade bottle after his teacher repeatedly refused to give him a pass to use the restroom and threatened to have him suspended if he left the classroom.
"He said, 'Do what you got to do,"' Patterson said. "I said, 'I've got a bottle' and he said, 'Go in the corner.' So I just handled my business."
The teacher, Peter Stanzler, has been placed on paid leave and was being transferred from Goethe Middle School to another school, said Marcus Walton, a spokesman for the Sacramento City Unified School District.
School officials last week said they were continuing to investigate and would take appropriate action once the investigation was completed. Walton said district officials were "still tying up loose ends" of the investigation on Monday.