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San Diego student complains of being forced to urinate in bucket

March 13, 2012 |  3:56 pm


A tenured teacher at a San Diego high school has been put on paid leave while the district investigates an allegation that she refused to allow a 14-year-old student to leave class to go to the toilet and instead told the girl to urinate in a bucket.

A claim filed by the student's attorney said the Feb. 22 actions of art teacher Gonja Wolf were meant "to humiliate and disgrace" the freshman at Patrick Henry High School.

The student was instructed to go to another room out of view of classmates, urinate in a bucket and then dump the urine in a sink, according to the claim.

After the incident, the student was teased by classmates as news of the event swept through the school, the complaint says. The student "no longer feels safe or comfortable" at the school.

The investigation will guide the administration in deciding what, if any, punishment should be meted out, a district official said Tuesday. The teachers' labor union has been notified of the complaint and investigation.

The claim, filed last week, lists damages in excess of $25,000 for psychological and medical treatment. Also requested is that the district pay for the student to attend a private school for the rest of her high school years.


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--Tony Perry in San Diego