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To think that a teacher should not tell the children to go and have a wee in the churchyard?

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ThoughtsPlease Wed 19-Jun-13 16:46:06

After lunch the children were rehearsing a play in the church a two minute walk from the school. They did the whole play once, and DD who is 7 waited until they finished to say that she needed the loo. The teacher asked the other children, about 15 in total, if any also needed the loo, about 7 children said they did, and the teacher told them all to go outside in to the churchyard and find a bush to have a wee behind!

DD is not familiar with outdoor weeing, and the result was that she managed to wee on her pants, socks and most importantly to me as they are now in the bin all in her school shoes!

AIBU to think that a member of staff should have taken the children back to school to go to the loo, there were two members of staff in the church.

SirChenjin Fri 21-Jun-13 09:22:00

Yep, that's right - a bush is a perfectly adequate toilet facility for a child who needs a wee in my view.

ThoughtsPlease Fri 21-Jun-13 09:27:46

Righto confused

SirChenjin Fri 21-Jun-13 09:44:50

Maybe a re-read of the thread will help clear up that confusion? Plenty of people have explained why it's actually OK on occasion.

Mitzyme Fri 21-Jun-13 09:45:16

It's a close one but definitely the funniest thread of the week.
Sorry OP I know it was not funny for you and I don't think you are being unreasonable but I have really felt quite down this morning and this thread has really made me laugh, not at you of course.

ThoughtsPlease Fri 21-Jun-13 10:37:57

mitzy by all means have a laugh I'm not at all offended. smile

Yes of course it is ok on occasion, such as on a country walk etc, but not an occasion where there a loo a 2 minute walk away.

happyyonisleepyyoni Fri 21-Jun-13 11:48:28

YANBU and I cannot believe the posters who think this is OK!

Teachers should not be telling a bunch of 7 year olds its ok to just go and wee in a churchyard when there is a toilet 2 mins away or the next thing they will all be weeing in the playground.

Completely unacceptable and the teachers should have thought this one through by having more staff available to escort children back who really needed to go.

KitCat26 Fri 21-Jun-13 11:53:00

Bad planning on teachers part, they should have gone before they left. Outdoor weeing is a useful skill to have though.

A discrete wee in a churchyard doesn't bother me (not that it is a habit of mine grin ). Our local (mediaeval) church has recently had a toilet put in, in the churchyard. For hundreds of years that's where people would sneak out to relieve themselves during a long service.

xylem8 Fri 21-Jun-13 12:17:25

Bad planning on teachers part, they should have gone before they left

Oh I bet she never thought of that!

5Foot5 Fri 21-Jun-13 13:38:48

Well I think it was bad planning on the teacher's part. I am sure that she did tell all the children to go beforehand but she should have anticipated the need for a toilet break and scheduled it in.

Having said that OP I think you did over-react a bit and YABU to throw out shoes. I am surprised your DD has reached 7 without ever needing to take an al-fresco wee. Perhaps this wasn't the sort of circumstance when you would expect it or consider it appropriate, but I have often been in situations where you are the middle of nowhere and need a convenient bush to go behind! Maybe over the summer it would be a good idea to find a time and place to teach your DD this useful skill just in case.

ThermalGirl Fri 21-Jun-13 13:46:54

I am truly shocked that the teacher did this.

I am a teacher too and wouldn't dream of doing this. not because there's anything wrong with it, I might add. but because I could predict a hysterical backlash such as this grin

i'm sure it wasn't included in her risk assessment either, I mean, what if one of them got a stinging nettled bottom (like I did the other day!)

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 21-Jun-13 16:38:26

This isn't about one small child, caught short, weeing in a bush

It's about half a class, under the supervision of a teacher age 7 asked if they needed a wee (of course they will all say yes), encouraged to all go together. In a churchyard.

kinkyfuckery Sun 23-Jun-13 20:26:57

So what are you going to do about it OP?

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