VANCOUVER, Wash. - A third grade teacher in Washington state is accused of going too far by asking students to pay to potty.
Two parents complained their kids wet themselves during school after they were forced to pay to use the bathroom using play money they earned in class.
Parents say it's part of the curriculum for some third graders at mill plain elementary. Each day they earn money in class and use it to buy treats, but that's not all.
"My daughter finally told me we have to pay to use the bathroom, nobody should have to pay to use the bathroom," said Merchon Ortega.
And in this case the student chose to spend the money on the treat, causing an accident in class.
"They have to do something. This has to stop. I mean, it's just inhumane, it's sickening," said Jasmine Alayadhi.
Alayadhi is another concerned mother. In fact, last week her daughter also came home after wetting her pants.
"I didn't want to be left out I wanted to have popcorn with my friends and so she tried to hold it she said it hurt so bad. She goes 'mommy, I couldn't hold it. It hurt. The pain was so bad.' She goes 'I just had let it go,'" said Alayadhi.
KOIN-TV went to the principal to get answers. I wanted to know why students were forced to use play money to go to the bathroom. That's when KOIN-TVwas stopped by security.
School official: "I'm going to have to ask you to step back to the side."
Reporter: "I can't speak with the principal right now?"
School official: "My understanding is she's busy right now."
KOIN-TV went to speak with the evergreen school district.
Reporter: "In a situation like this, where the student is earning their fake money, why should they have to use that money to go to the bathroom?"
"It's all part of how they manage the classroom and so that was the process that was decided on," said Gail Spolar, spokesperson for the Evergreen School District.
KOIN-TV is told the students do get breaks in the day to use the bathroom and each teacher decides how they monitor it during class time. But they say students are never denied from using the bathroom.
But these mothers won't stop until this pay to use bathroom process is put to an end.
"If you put a little 8-year-old and you put a bucket of candy and popcorn and pizza and then they had to go to the bathroom. What do you think a kid's gonna choose, a little 8-year-old? They're gonna choose candy," said Alayadhi.
The accused teacher was out of the classroom Monday as the district investigates. School officials are looking into whether the correct process was being followed in the classroom.