The state of New Jersey is worried kids are abusing bathroom privileges during school hours, therefore The Garden State is thinking of instituting scheduled bathroom breaks.
“Many moms and dads argue their kids should be able to use the bathroom whenever they want, but some [New Jersey] schools have instituted strict guidelines and protocols limiting bathroom access.”
I know New Jersey isn’t technically in Brooklyn, but I would like to discuss this topic as it is near and dear to my heart. For so many years I felt trapped in the classroom as I dug deep into my soul trying to determine the perfect moment to ask permission to use the lavatory. But the truth is, there never is a perfect moment. Not in Catholic school anyway. Many of those teachers would rather see you wet (or soil) your pants than see you walk out of the room during one of their lectures. Luckily, a few of them got to experience that. And unluckily, so did I. I got to witness others go through the horrors of wetting (and soiling, unfortunately) in front of their peers, that is. (I just wanted to clarify.) Therefore, I strongly encourage children to freely use the bathroom when necessary, without feeling like they’ve committed some misdeed.
“Mike Yaple, a spokesman for the Jersey School Boards Association says this has become an issue because ‘sometimes the bathroom breaks can be abused – sometimes kids will walk the halls, disrupt other classes, go out and smoke, or sometimes even cheat on a test.'”
Ah yes, the ol’ cheat in the bathroom scam. Can’t say I haven’t tried that one before. So I can see why a teacher might feel hesitant in letting a student out during a test. But other than for that reason, I don’t think a child should be restricted from using the restroom during class hours. Unless they’re doing drugs, or performing swirlies on a helpless nerd. But even then, who are we to interfere with the middle school circle of life? Kids will be kids.
I think New Jersey should maybe focus their energy on cleaning up the state, not on figuring out a suitable bathroom schedule. (Living in an apartment that’s surrounded by garbage trucks and the Gowanus Canal, I feel as though I’ve earned the privilege of calling out other stink infested areas.)