Bathroom breaks are controversial in some schools, especially when students plead necessity so they can cheat on tests, vandalize the facilities or otherwise wreak mayhem. Teachers have the right to say “no,” but get complaints when they do.
Christopher Cooper, director of pediatric urology at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, says he has seen many elementary-age “normal children who have developed bad habits.” They arrive at his office with urinary tract infections, incontinence and damaged kidneys, often as a result of infrequent trips to the bathroom.
It’s not just that kids can’t go when they want to. Some avoid school restrooms because they’re dirty and plagued by bullies.
My high school closed many restrooms to prevent smoking. As a result, I learned planning and self-control.