How Bad Do You Have to Go?

When I was in high school, I—like all my fellow students—wasn’t allowed to use the restroom without teacher approval. My senior year, they tightened this already-ludicrous rule to allow only two trips to the restroom per week.

But I was appalled to learn that the Urination Gestapo have soared to new heights in the DC metro area (and presumably across the country): At one local school, students get two passes which are redeemable, if unused, for 6 points of extra credit. At another, the doors to the restrooms have been removed—curious students in the hallway can watch their male classmates at the urinals or see which stall a girl goes in to.

This is another example of punishing everybody in a school for the transgressions of a few. Furthermore, this is another example of schools placing mindless discipline over the academic well-being of the students. How is a fidgety student holding back a gallon of urine supposed to learn? This kind of mindless restriction of human physical needs is immoral, and potentially criminal (abuse)! I encourage students at these schools to file criminal and/or civil charges when they are denied requests to use the restroom without cause.

Scott Bradford is a writer and technologist who has been putting his opinions online since 1995. He believes in three inviolable human rights: life, liberty, and property. He is a Catholic Christian who worships the trinitarian God described in the Nicene Creed. Scott is a husband, nerd, pet lover, and AMC/Jeep enthusiast with a B.S. degree in public administration from George Mason University.