A furious mum has taken her son out of school after claiming he was banned from using the toilet and ended up wetting himself in front of classmates.
The parent, who did not want to be named, said her 11-year-old child was struggling with anxiety which led to his bladder issues, the Mirror reports.
She alleges the Year 7 pupil had asked the teacher to go to the toilet during a morning lesson at Birches Head Academy, but had been told no.
Eventually he was unable to hold it in any longer and had an accident in class, later calling her in tears from the bathroom when he was allowed to go during official break times.
The woman has now withdrawn her son from the school and chose to home school him until a place becomes available elsewhere.
The school denied he had an accident in front of his classmates and said he was allowed to use the bathroom after saying he felt unwell.
The mum said: “I got a phone call from my son and he was crying down the phone. I couldn’t make out what he was saying. I told him to text me and he said he had had an accident.
“I rang the school and said someone needed to go to him because he was in the toilet crying. I got a phone call saying they had found him. He was so distraught, he had been physically sick.
“When I managed to speak him he said he had been in class when he asked the teacher if he could go to the toilet. He says they said no.
“He said he really needed to go but he was told he could only go at break or lunchtime.
“He says it got to the stage where he couldn’t hold it in and he wet himself.
“He says other students saw it. He ran out of the class. He says he was sat in another area and a couple of his class came past and were laughing at him and calling him names. He has been totally humiliated.
“I rang the school later and got a call back. I asked why he couldn’t go to the toilet and they said it is disruptive to the class and they can only go at break times.
“I said, ‘Doesn’t this show you what can happen if you do that?’ He can’t be the only kid it’s happened to. I’m fuming. I explained that he has been having bladder problems but they said they would need medical evidence to give him a toilet pass.”
The woman says her son has been suffering with anxiety due to bullying he has experienced since he started high school in September.
She added: “He has been bullied…I don’t feel like the school has dealt with it properly and this is the last straw.
“He doesn’t want to go back to the school, he’s devastated. I’ve de-registered him and made inquiries with another school. I will home school him until he gets a place. He has been through too much at that school .”
A spokesman for Birches Head Academy said the pupil was allowed to go to the bathroom after complaining he felt unwell, and said the ‘accident’ did not happen in view of other students.
“A student said that they felt they needed to go to the bathroom during a lesson,” said a spokesperson for the school. “The student was allowed to leave their lesson early to go to the toilet, and did so while all other students were still in their lessons.
“There was no suggestion or evidence that there had been an accident in the classroom.
“The student immediately visited Student Services and was let into a toilet. When he left the bathroom, he said he had been sick and ‘spilt water on himself’. This was treated sensitively, and the student was provided with a replacement set of clothes while his mum was called to collect him.
“We are saddened that the parent has raised issues of bullying. While we are aware of an issue in the past, this was addressed quickly. We have monitored the situation closely since then and there have been no further issues that we are aware of. If there have been any problems, we would like to continue to work with the family to support them.”
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