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california student was forced to urinate in a bucket during cl . she sued

by lindsey bever, (c) 2017, the washington post

a southern california cl room was filled with high school freshmen when one of them realized that she needed to run to the restroom.

patrick henry high school in san diego, however, had a policy at the time stipulating that students were not permitted to take bathroom breaks during cl – and the teacher took a strict interpretation of it.

the teacher, gonja wolf, forbid the 14-year-old from leaving the cl room that wednesday in february 2012. instead, she let the pee in a bucket, then empty it in a cl room sink, according to a lawsuit.

the gossip reportedly spread through the school, then hit the news media, leading to the ’s anxiety, depression and an attempted suicide.

now five years later, the san diego unified school district was ordered wednesday to pay the student, who is now 19, more than $1.25 million in damages and $41,000 to cover medical bills, according to the san diego union-tribune.

“something like this never should have happened to a 14-year-old just entering high school,” brian watkins, an attorney for the teenager, told the newspaper earlier this week. “she took the stand and told a really embarr ing story, she told the jury how this has affected her life and how she is still working through issues.”

the ruling wednesday concluded a years-long court battle in the superior court in san diego.

the lawsuit, which was filed in 2012 against wolf and the san diego unified school district, claims that on feb. 22, 2012, the then-teenage was forced to urinate in a small supply room next to the cl room and then take her urine back into the cl room for disposal. the lawsuit argues it was done to “humiliate and disgrace” the for trying to use the restroom during cl time.

it states:

“in the presence of several of [the student’s] male cl mates, wolf told [the student] that she could not leave the cl room regardless of the urgency of the situation and that she would have to pee in a bucket if she really needed to go. these instructions were explained in the presence of said cl mates and wolf then took [the student] to a small room and instructed her to pee in a bucket, then empty the contents in an unused cl room sink, and finally return the bucket back to the room.”

the lawsuit alleges that the “was given no choice except to comply with these instructions.”

although the tried to keep the news of the incident quiet, it spread to her “detriment and humiliation,” according to the lawsuit.

television crews showed up at the ’s home and at her school, according to news reports.

watkins, her attorney, told jurors this month it was publicized from “pakistan to the u.k,” according to the san diego union-tribune.

“it was devastating,” watkins said. “she’s a 14-year-old at the time and she can’t handle it.”

she transferred schools – twice.

she started seeing a the ist.

but, her attorney told the jurors, she could not overcome it and, at one point, she ended up in the emergency room after an attempted suicide, according to the san diego union-tribune.

the school district’s attorney said that wolf, a favorite art teacher, thought she had found a way around the school’s no-bathroom-break policy.

in a “lapse of judgment, she thought that was a good idea,” attorney kathryn martin told jurors this month, according to the union-tribune.

martin added that although the school had imposed a policy banning bathroom breaks during cl time, it expected teachers to use “common sense” when determining whether to enforce it, according to the newspaper.