Sacramento school officials dispute boy’s urine story

Sacramento school officials dispute boy’s urine story

first_img“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.” The NAACP described the incident as a civil rights issue and, with Patterson’s mother, demanded that the district fire the teacher. It also is urging school district officials to overturn Patterson’s suspension. “We believe this young man should never have been placed in this situation to begin with,” said Betty Williams, president of the local NAACP. “He stripped this young man of his right to make a decision.” In an interview with the AP on Monday, Stanzler, who is white, said race was not a factor in his decision to keep Patterson, who is black, in class. Patterson said he has no reason to lie. In his account, the student said he repeatedly asked to use the bathroom and was instructed to relieve himself into a bottle about 20 to 30 minutes into the class period. He said the teacher threatened him with suspension if he left the classroom, although the district disputed that in its statement. Reggie Fair, chair of the NAACP education committee, said the conflicting accounts raise more questions than they answer. The NAACP is considering filing a complaint with the state Department of Education. “It raises questions and some level of suspicion because there are contradictions in eyewitness statements and the transferring of the teacher out of the school,” Fair said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Goethe Middle School Principal Harriet Young on Monday suspended Patterson until May 8 for disrupting school activities. The district, meanwhile, has placed teacher Peter Stanzler on paid leave and transferred him to another school. Patterson’s mother and local NAACP officials said they were not satisfied with the district’s resolution of the case. “If this case is so cut and dry, why is the teacher being disciplined?” said Kelly Jacko, who said other students have confirmed her son’s story. “There are so many loopholes.” She also questioned why the teacher did not report the incident to school administrators. The school learned of the matter when Jacko complained to the principal that day, she said. District spokesman Marcus Walton did not return calls Tuesday seeking further comment. Stanzler also did not immediately return a phone call. In its statement, the district cited school rules that instruct teachers not to let students out of class during the first and last 10 minutes of the period. Stanzler told Patterson to wait until the class had settled down before he could go to the bathroom. SACRAMENTO – Sacramento school officials on Tuesday cleared a science teacher who was accused of forcing a 14-year-old boy to urinate into a Gatorade bottle in class. In a statement, they said the eighth-grader acted on his own. “The investigation found that the teacher did not instruct, direct or encourage the student to do anything inappropriate,” the Sacramento City Unified School District said in the statement. It was the district’s first account of the April 24 incident. Student Michael Patterson has said he was told by his teacher to go to the corner of the classroom after he sarcastically suggested that he urinate into his Gatorade bottle. last_img

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