A teacher was caught giving students only two hall passes a month to use the bathroom, get water, and see the nurse
A middle school is Memphis is currently under fire for one teacher’s ludicrously strict hall pass policy. Students were only allowed to use the bathroom, get water, and see the nurse twice a month. Once the internet got wind of this, outrage quickly followed.
A mother of one of the students at Aspire Hanley Middle School took to Facebook to publicly share a picture of the teacher’s policy. That snapshot ended up being taken down but swiftly began to make the rounds on the internet. As you can see below, students had to literally sign away their hall pass privileges.
“I understand that once I have used my 2 passes for the ENTIRE month, I will not be able to go to the restroom, get water, or go [to] the nurse,” the policy read. “I understand that only special accommodations will be made if my Doctor writes a note regarding a medical condition.”
The woman who shared it, Jaadee Sykes, told BuzzFeed News that she’s Facebook friends with the mom who originally posted the note. She wanted to post it again because she thought it was “abhorrent.”
The policy also noted that if a student went against these rules, they would get an automatic detention and a zero on whatever assignment they had been working on that day. “I understand that Mrs. White is petty and although we both have options, I can be denied going to the restroom/water/nurse during the lesson,” the note concluded.
A wave of angry internet reactions followed. Some slammed the teacher. Others recounted awful stories from their childhood, when they weren’t allowed to leave the classroom to use the bathroom.
Your child comes home and shows you this note her teacher had her sign at school.
What’s your reaction? pic.twitter.com/x6hG3HepZJ
— iJaadee Sign Ups OPEN ❇️ (@iJaadee) August 30, 2018
I thought this kind of torment had gone away decades ago. When I taught 8th grade, the kids could go as often as they needed. Nobody abused it. (Maybe her students hate her class?)— Chad and Kisstopher (@TheMusicks) August 30, 2018
I still remember projectile vomiting in 9th grade after being told I couldn't go to the nurse.
Yeah, it sounds like this teacher thinks she’s the students’ nemesis rather than their ally. Also, how foolish to say “Please come talk to me, but nothing will change.” I think she likes flexing her muscles to those she has power over.— Austin (@austinsively) August 31, 2018
She clearly knew she was being childish & petty, likely a reaction to a few abusing passes, but as the teacher we expect her to be the ADULT in the situation. It’s not too much to ask IMO....— Cat (@CaterinaTaylor) August 31, 2018
As a future teacher, this is horrible and not at all how to manage a classroom. I would be on the phone with the principal immediately and be having a long meeting with this teacher and the principal. She’s not allowed to deny a child water, bathroom breaks or access to the nurse— Tay 📚☕️ (@teia_22) August 30, 2018
I was bleeding through my pants & had terrible cramps during Spanish class in 11th grade and my teacher REFUSED to let me go to the bathroom or nurse bc I had used my 3 bathroom passes for the 9 weeks. She had no empathy whatsoever. I had to sit there and suffer— that girl obsessed with christmas (@bookwormbarbiee) August 31, 2018
Superintendent Dr. Nickalous Manning released a statement saying that he definitely didn’t condone the teacher’s policy, which Sykes also shared along with a letter sent home to parents:
UPDATE: pic.twitter.com/LY453mtZL3— Grove Street Queenpin (@iJaadee) August 31, 2018
Update: I called the school and couldn’t get an answer on what actions they took against her pic.twitter.com/ZhMrLg268w— Grove Street Queenpin (@iJaadee) August 31, 2018
“On August 29, 2018, it was discovered that 8th grade students at Hanley Middle School were given a document restricting bathroom and nurse visits that was inconsistent with our school’s actual policies, our mission, and our values,” he wrote. “We are currently reviewing the circumstances under which the document was prepared and distributed to students.”
During an interview with Local 24, Manning added that the issue has been addressed with the teacher and she is still employed at the school.
“It is clear that it is inconsistent with our policies and our practices,” he said. “We are meeting with our teachers and we have a full team ensuring that our policies and practices are clear and are understood.”
Meanwhile, it doesn’t sound like people have quite let Mrs. White off the hook just yet. Parents in particular sounded an alarm of indignation all across social media.
“Yes, lets all make poor children hold their bladders bc them going to the restroom is a nuisance for you,” Twitter user @frenchieears wrote.”My child has my permission to walk out of whoever’s class if they tell him he cant go. Get the f-ck out of here.”