Principal: Teacher Told Student To Urinate In Bucket After Restroom Plea Refused

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — A Southland high school teacher was on leave Tuesday after a 14-year-old student claimed she was forced to urinate in a bucket after the teacher refused her request to use the restroom.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports school officials with Patrick Henry High School in San Diego are investigating the allegations.

A claim filed against both the school and the San Diego Unified School District alleged that art teacher Gonja Wolf prohibited the unidentified student from leaving the classroom despite her insistence that the request was urgent.

Wolf allegedly directed the girl to use a bucket located in a “small room adjacent to the class”, according to a statement from principal Patricia Crowder.

The girl said she was unable to wait any longer and complied with Wolf’s instructions.

Wolf has been put on administrative leave while the district conducts its investigation.

“Please know that as a district we are taking this very seriously,” said Crowder.

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  • rich

    GONJA?? that is just to funny!!! if this teacher really made the girl use a bucket then he/she must have been smoking what their name suggests

    • schwartzer

      she looks like one of the actors on swindling the goyim on YT-watch both parts.

      • ColdForThisTeacher

        Garbage fills the daily news cycle and the Drudge Report has been linking to cbslocal for the last 3 weeks with some real ridiculous stories. Much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      • Joe Bite-me

        this is just another daily made-up story, intended to distract from the real issues, such as the fact that obamma’s economic policies are a total failure.

      • freshwind

        So, all the haters who want to outlaw birth control think this is okay?

    • fiscusd

      What if I just kick you in the nuts instead? See if it makes a man outta you.

    • Dr Phil

      Tom Reopelle needs to lay off the horrible plastic surgery & botox.

    • Dr Phil

      See you there at sunrise…

  • Jus

    Omg. why can’t these kid’s just speak up? I always counsel my kid’s to speak up and yes be respectful, but speak up, and yes my daughter know’s better to txt me from class if “anything goes wrong”.
    What this teacher did is a racist move and abuse.

    • George Johnson

      Because they’re taught by the system, not to speak up.

    • grizz

      The story didn’t mention a name or show a picture of the student, so how could you imply that she’s racist.

    • LM

      Wow, thanks for showing the internet that we have another stupid black person in our ranks. Only black people throw the race card around like that.

    • LaVonte d'Ashawn Jackson IV

      How do you know it’s racist, stupid? Loser. The race card only makes you look like a DF,. You will always have an excuse for your failure, won’t you? You are clearly a democrat.

    • Bob Ballou

      Definitely. EVERYTHING is racist and abusive to dumbed-down idiots.

    • stan

      How do you figgure it was racist? The article made no mention of the race of the student.

    • umm

      Of course its racist. This is why we still need Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan.

      Freedom to use the Bathroom for ALL! We need to organize a sit in immediately! you and me Jus you and me!

    • linda

      lol, i have to laugh at you Jus……i do feel this teacher was wrong, the student was not treated well at all. my question Jus is, what makes it racial? i mean, come on, if ya gonna pull the race card, at least make it believable!!!

    • algoa456

      You need your head examined. Racist. Looks like anything now is racist.

      Maybe it was a white kid you fool.

      • Trump

        Are you positing that White’s cant be racist against another White. Etc etc..

    • Tacitus7

      You may be respectful but your education is evidently inadequate..

      In the English language we usually for plurals by adding the letter “s” at the end of the singular form. NOT apostrophe s. The apostrophe is for the POSSESSIVE form only. You may have “kids.” You do not have “kid’s,” unless you have a noun to go with it, like “my kid’s educating is sorely lacking.”

      Same with singular third person verb forms. “I know,” but “she knows.” NOT “know’s.”

      • Ms. Loretta

        Wow, your first sentence doesn’t make sense. The second to the last sentence is also incorrect;. “my kid’s educating is sorely lacking.” ? You must mean education. Just a thought…

      • Randy Bobandy

        Thnaks Grammar n@zi, the world may continue to revolve around its axis now.

      • duh

        This was just filed under “The Blind Leading The Blind”.

      • Lipstick

        Thankee Thankee Thankee Oh Wise One.

    • rich

      wrong yes racist NO you can not claim race when no one has stated the race of the child involved

      • ED

        Of course you can claim “race” without knowing ANYTHING about ANYTHING. Race hustlers like The Rev (where’s ma luv chiialll) Jesse Jackson and the biggest fool of all Rev Sharpton and a half — have made millions off of claiming “racism” for everything!!

      • Bill


        Not only is the race of the child AND teacher unknown,

        They posted a pic of the teacher

        Just say in

      • michael

        thank you! was thinking the exact same thing…the only racist here is the stupid person that claimed racism…what an idiot..

      • Republicrat

        Not only is the race of the child AND teacher unknown, even if the races were stated here, there is no evidence regarding the motivations of the teacher to suggest racism.

      • Evan Carr

        Was just about to say that. Maybe Jus knows the school and the students. even so there would have to be another incident at the same time where the teacher let someone of a different race go the the ladies room. She is smart to have her daughter txt her. I told that to my daughter as well, some of these public school teachers are insane with power.

    • FED UP

      This poor excuse of a human being should be FIRED! i have ALWAYS told my children if they have to go to the bathroom during class and the teacher refused to let them go, to get up and walk out and I WOULD DEAL WITH THE TEACHER! Now this child will have to live with the humiliation of this because some power hungry pathetic looser educator who feel entitled to degrade these kids because they themselves are miserable.

      • ella funt

        The teacher just wanted the girll to feel at home.

      • aj

        The union won’t let anything happen to the teacher. She will prob get a raise.

      • Sam

        Agree! 1946 , 8 yrs old, a lillte girl in my fourth grade class kept going to the teacher’s desk to ask to use the bathroom. Time after time she went. Finally the little girl began crying and couldn’t hold her urine. I still remember seeing that, and the urine running down under her desk into the aisle. The Teacher made a couple of boys to mop it up. The little girl had to wear those wet clothes all day.

        Back then, we didn’t tell anyone, we just took whatever was dished out. There was always the threat of the Principal’s office and a “supposed” rubber hose he’d beat you with.

        Many of those teachers deserved no respect, some were downright cruel.

      • juztees

        so true

    • Halloo

      Forget texting home. Various teachers deny bathroom requests due to constant abuse, so I told my child that if this happens, and it’s absolutely urgent, to leave the classroom anyway and go to the washroom, and eat the detention if need be.

    • Avenger

      If a child REALLY HAS TO GO, then they should go to the restroom in spite of the teacher’s refusal to “let” her go. I don’t know of any parent who would have a problem with this. This teacher better read the story about the father who beat his daughter’s coach senseless because he “made” her run laps.

  • Jon

    By golly, this teacher is union executive material!

    • beazr

      can we just kill her? too far?

    • darryl

      She’s probably president of the local CTA chapter…!

  • Hedley Lamar

    Well, Good heavens, look at her picture…. she looks dumb as a rock. Public school is no place to send your children, people. Wake up.

    • Sheila

      She LOOKS dumb as a rock? REALLY?? How does one “look” dumb? Kids interupt class all day long with can I go to the restroom (if they are even that polite about it) and the teachers have a certain amount of material they are MANDATED to instill in the kids…… There comes a time when enough was enough. I would have peed in the bucket too, JUST to ge t the teacher in trouble when I was a kid. I was one of the ones who constantly interupted and am siding with the teacher in this one.

      • juztees


    • Evan Carr

      You got that right!!! My Daughter came home confused in third grade once because of one wrong answer on a math exam. I did the problem quickly in my head and her answer of .40 was correct. I called the teacher and was told she was marked wrong because it appears in the “answer book” as .4 not .40?! I could write an essay on how many ways that teacher’s answer to me was wrong. Needless to say, my children have not gone to public school since.

      • herrdoktor

        Significant figures for third graders? That’s a bit much.

      • george

        THAT is a howler!

    • Curious that

      Really? From a picture you can judge one’s intellect? Please tell me YOU don’t have children!

  • lee

    you know….I’ll bet the did was a constant pia….constantly disrupting class….I’m almost always against the teachers and their communist union, but we all know we’ve had fellow students that would try the patience of Job…..

    • lukuj

      What this teacher did is wrong – no matter what. But I have to admit there have been years in my 30 years of teaching when I felt I should just teach in the bathroom and wished I could have all the kids catharized. Kids know that the bathroom is an excuse to get out of class that teachers will believe, and many overuse it. Yes, you can sometimes tell that a request is bogus – but not always. And what about the child who was always in the restroom to the point where I informed the parent who actually took action and discovered he was diabetic? I condemn the teacher’s actions, but part of me sympathizes with the fact that she may have been pushed to the breaking point and lost control.

      • juztees

        If she could’nt handle the heat, then she should get out of kitchen. She need’s therapy .

      • Toni

        That’s true and part of the issue/s. Good points! There has to be a solution.

      • lukuj

        You are right about the spelling, but it is acceptable to begin a sentence with ” but” and “and” according to some grammar books and style books.

      • herrdoktor

        Catheterized is the correct spelling. Spelling counts, teach. We also never begin a sentence with a conjunction (but, and).

      • Chancelarue

        .lukuj, there is no rule about conjunctions as starters in the sentence except for ES and ms. Lots of these end up sticking though which is why texting was a big deal . U no it Getz in the way

  • freecheese

    Ridining to the RESCUE — the TEACHERS UNION. The teacher will not be punished severly. Maybe have to double the union dues for 6-months, and it all will go to the democrat party! End of story.


    It is about time the parents and students stop suing the taxpayers and START SUING THE TEACHERS UNIONS

    • grizz

      That’s what I would do. If the union gets in the way of disciplining the offending teacher, file a suit against them claiming collusion in the act and seek $2billion in damages.

  • abinge

    abuse and sexual harrassment…….fire, fire, fire her


    Just another example as to why children should be taken out of the government prisons… called schools.

  • george

    “Wolf has been put on administrative leave while the district conducts its investigation.” I presume the individual who wrote this story intentionally left the word “paid” out of the sentence — i.e., just before “administrative leave.” Your tax dollars never stop working.

  • Marbran

    Wow…everything is ‘racist’ now. When did that happen, friends? Isn’t this the “post-racial” era? I think if the government would just get out of our way, we’d all get along just fine. I look out my window right now and see kids of all shades playing together and just enjoying this day. Simple pleasures.

    It’s our adult ‘politics’ that get in our way, making us all miserable.

    Hate, and envy, and jealousy always on display, yet we demand that our kids be taught ‘tolerance,’ ‘inclusion,’ and ‘diversity.’ Hypocrisy that is! We expect more of them than we expect of ourselves.

    We all must restart with taking care of our own, then our neighbors and friends, then community, and on to sovereigns. The time of big government must wane, for our very own survival.

  • Dirk Diggler

    Well, at least the principal wasn’t molesting or raping male students!
    Make no mistake about it…..Barack HUESSIN Obama is the ENEMY WITHIN!

  • Toni

    The fact is that California public school do not have an official rule of conduct for this paticular issue. They leave it up to each indivdual teacher to set rules & standards of using the restroom foir each individual class room. California school boards need to do something about this issue before they are sued. Most kids have to hold it until breaks, ie recess & lunch time. Ovbiously that wont work all of the time and paticularly younger kids who have less controil of these organs that older kids and adults. And what about urinanry tract infections. holding it definitely can cause them. It’s not healthy. On the flip side i can symphathize for the teachers as there will always be kids that don’t really need to use the rest room, or the younger ones who need assistance and not enough staff to assist them.

    • phillysmart

      but thats my point….teachers use to have solid judgement…not anymore they need the school district to tell them in deail what is right and wrong …now if the teacher doesn’t know what message are you teaching the children

    • Nice Nancy

      My daugter has it written in a 504 plan that a teacher MUST let her use the restroom whenever she has to go. She is on a medicaton that requires her to drink a lot of liquids or she could get kidney stones. If an incident like this ever occurs at our school, I will pull her out and homeschool her.

      • Toni

        That’s a great idea! Good for you!!

  • anonymous

    mental illness? keep electing more democrat liberals to teaching positions.

  • 22 Year Veteran

    Many of the comments expressed here demonstrate how very little the public at large understands the dynamics of the classroom. Students are given appropriate times to use the restroom in order to keep distractions at a mimimum. The fact is that many students would rather use that time to socialize than to take care of the business at hand. Then the bell rings and a student wants to go to the restroom because he or she was too irresponsible to use the appropriate time wisely.

    In addition, permission to use the restroom leads to an epidemic. One goes, then another wants to.

    I am amsued at the parents who do not understand these issues, yet want their children to receive an education. An education is difficult to accomplish when there is a steady stream of students going to and from the restroom–pun not intended.

    Teachers are not “crazy with power” but rather exercise authority to maintain a semblance of an academic environment. Parents need to raise their children to be responsible so these issues are of no concern.

    To those who maintain that teacher unions are the problem, it should be noted that in my state, there are only two municipalities who are union based. The rest have no union at all. This is true throughout the United States. Unions are out of control–but do not blame the entire profession.

    Further, this story makes no sense. Why would a teacher refuse to give a student permission to go to the restroom, then instruct her to urinate in a bucket? More likely, the student was a pest who continually disrupted class because she did not get her way and then fabricated a story to get revenge on the teacher.

    This happens all the time. And the parents of this type of student are the worst.

    If this story is true, the teacher should be terminated. We will see that this is entirely fabricated by a student and a parent who do not get their way.

    • phillysmart

      Hate to differ with you as I’m sure their are many good teachers …but frankly there are way too many that are verifiable lunatics…the facts are out there

    • I. C. Upee

      Philly is right, just like police many no power losers are drawn to the profession so someone is forced to listen to them. It will cost 1 million to get rid of this teacher. Instead I say we make her teach a health class on proper urination techniques. This should finally prove that all the beautiful people do not live in California like hollywood would like you to believe.

    • Bob Preston

      Let the kids go to the bathroom. Maybe they’ll fall in. After five minutes, call security and report the kid for ditching class. Then the weak-bladdered dummy can explain it all to the VP — who has nothing better to do anyway.

    • Chancelarue

      Don’t you find the principals role in the situation unnerving?

    • Frustrated

      Frankly, do you have anything to back that up? I have also taught and the majority of the teachers I have met are like you. While from their students they demand rational well sourced answers and polite respect, they return none. As a serious student of education I can tell you that there is no “restroom epidemic” in America, there is a boring bad teaching epidemic in America.

      While there are dozens of charlatan think tanks, many commissioned by teachers unions, that crank out studies and statistics proving your point I bet that you don’t know them, nor do you think that you should in order to teach. What sort of environment do adolescents learn best under? Are desks and rows good? Does homework really work? Do detentions curb rule breaking? Your anecdotal evidence is not even close to an acceptable way to answer these questions. I would point you to the work of John Taylor Gatto, a published former NYC teacher, for advice on how to start learning again.

      I make this final point, while it is like your first point and has no proof. Most of the order obsessed teachers I have met do not do these things for students though they convince themselves that they do, they do it for themselves. Most of the time when kids start this bathroom processes, in my experience, the teacher is utterly bombing beyond words. The lesson is failing, stop blaming kids because you aren’t doing well and get better. The sort of behavior the article highlights occurs when teachers are embarrassed by their own failures as educators and lash out at the students.

      A young educator surrounded by this persons clone.

      • Toni

        Wow! I learned something! Thanks!

      • Mike

        You have just renewed my faith that there are good teachers out there amongst the many…keep speaking up

  • joe

    sounds like my 4th grade teacher… she was warped…
    used to make us do insane things like:
    caught spitting on the ground? spit in a trash can until you fill it up.
    forget to shower the night before? 10 swats
    and it went on and on…

  • Mike

    But there’s a hole in the bucket dear Gonja, dear Gonja.

    • herrdoktor

      We have a winner! Best comment in the thread.

  • phillysmart

    I’m convinced California ha gone off the deep end too many lunatics in that state

  • Marty

    I wonder if she videotaped it? Seems like allot of stuff like that going around the school system these days.

  • bobby

    She’d be dead. Period.

  • phillysmart

    This is the kind of garbage you will see in your health care…people will die….the government can not run anything even something as important as educating our kid….democrats are mentally ill and are a disease to the country…no common sense or critical thinking skills

  • George Johnson

    And the amazing thing is, this probably STILL is not enough to get her fired.
    I look at it like this. Either she is too stupid to be a teacher, to force a kid to pee in a bucket, during class. Or, she’s a pervert with a urine fetish and is going to take that bucket home tonight (or planned to) and shouldn’t be in the class room.

    Which is it?? Is she just that damn stupid? Or that damn perverted? Either way, she DOES NOT NEED to be in a class room!!!!

    • Chancelarue

      I find the fact a principle is telling this to the press to be disturbing.. True or not, the breach is clear. Did the principal have it in for the teacher? This is not uncommon. Nor is teenagers who make up or embellish events to get a teacher In hot water. He principal my school makes daily rounds to the deans office, where he quizzes miscreants about who sent them there. If he dislikes that teacher, the kid gets to back to his office and file a complaint he helps him or her write. First thing rookie must learn is to discipline studens on Their own. Maybe the girl did it to make a point and the teacher said it for the same reason. It takes some kinda mony to squat in front of your Perry’s and let go like that. I would have disobeyed and left. As a teacher, I never say no to RR pass, even though I am told to. Teens are old enough to come and go as far as that goes. Sure they are lying 90% of the time but it’s not my call. I don’t interfere with bodily functions unless they’re mine. Teachers can hold it in for 4 hours and be fired for dashing off before they wet themselves. This happens more than you know . Teachers get fired for less.

  • carl

    is there another side to the story? did this student have a history of wandering the hallls or smoking while pretending to go to the restroom? has the teacher been reprimanded in the past for letting unattended students go and do what they want?

    keep in mind, the teacher may have felt compelled to do what she did for reasons we are no aware of.

  • JamesKarol

    Seriously, if you are STILL sending your kids to a public school, you don’t love your kids enough. My wife and I both worked 4 jobs to send out children to private school. Because we loved them.

    • glenp

      don’t you realize that a NUCLEAR FAMILY is passe? to be a parent now you have to have an unknown absent father, collect welfare and earned income credit and clear a welfare equivalent of $50,000 from us producers .

  • grizz

    Here is a result of a “zero tolerance” rule in the public education system. These stupid rules do nothing except allow the teachers and administrators to be lazy decision makers. They excuse it as saying “my hands are tied” instead of taking the time and effort to come up with a constructive common sense solutions.

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