Thursday, May 03, 2007

Teacher cleared of wrongdoing in urination incident - but this may not be over

School officials on Tuesday cleared a science teacher who was accused of forcing a 14-year-old boy to urinate into a bottle during class, saying the eighth grader acted on his own.

The district cited rules that instruct teachers not to let students out of class during the first and last 10 minutes of a period. Goethe Middle School teacher Peter Stanzler told the boy, Michael Patterson, to wait until the class had settled down before going to the bathroom, the district said in a statement.

"Less than five minutes into the class period, the student urinated into a bottle and discarded it in a trash can," the statement said. "Shocked at the student's actions, the teacher told the student to dispose of the bottle in the restroom and wash his hands."
Principal Harriet Young on Monday suspended Michael until May 8 for disrupting school activities. The district has placed teacher Peter Stanzler on paid leave and transferred him to another school.
The boy's mother said she was not satisfied with the outcome. "If this case is so cut and dry, why is the teacher being disciplined?" said Kelly Jacko, adding that other students have confirmed her son's story. "There are so many loopholes."
This from CNN.

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