Does YOUR child use the school toilets?

Posted on 11th June 2012 in bullying/ children/ school

I’ve noticed that when I pick my boys up from school they are always busting to use the toilet.

I hadn’t really thought anything of it until I jokingly said to my oldest “What’s wrong the the loos at school?”

and he replied “I never use them.”

NEVER?

When questioned further he had several reasons for not using them:

– fear of ‘getting pranked’

– lack of privacy as the cubicles are open top and bottom

– embarrassment

– cleanliness

The end result being that he goes from 8.15 am to 3.30 pm without going to the toilet which simply can not be good for him!

I’m horrified that he is doing this and also quite sad that he doesn’t feel that he can safely use the school facilities. He tells me that hardly anyone uses them for the same reasons.

It’s a couple of years old, but this BBC story seems to echo what he has said: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11539933 – actually the fact that it’s a couple of years old really suggests how deep seated (no pun intended) this problem is.

When your children come home from school – please ask them for me if they use the school toilets?

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7 Comments

  • Reply Sheila wells 11th June 2012 at 10:21 am

    My 9 year old granddaughter will not use the school toilets either – Always bursting to go when she gets home :-)

  • Reply teresa 12th June 2012 at 2:57 pm

    none of my 3 will use them and are always desperate when they get home, They reckon it was even worse in primary school, I think some children are just not taught how to use the toilet in a hygenic way and with thought to others using it after them

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 12th June 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Isn’t that sad, such a basic part of being who we are!

  • Reply amazonnewsmedia 13th June 2012 at 6:50 am

    Thanks so much for asking this question. It has been bothering me too as neither my 8 Year old nor my 5 year old will use the toilets at school and they arrive home busting. In a term and a half they haven’t BEEN to the toilets, and it has been worrying me, not least because of the obvious lack of incentive to drink enough water.

    It’s normalising to realise that others are having the same experience. Now, what are we going to do about it?

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 13th June 2012 at 3:41 pm

      It’s worrying isn’t it. I can’t believe how many children seem to be affected by this.

  • Reply Sarah 13th June 2012 at 3:34 pm

    My daughter hates them too – she says they smell and that they are always messy. She will go for a wee but never anything more.

    • Reply CoffeeCurls 13th June 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Poor little thing. It’s a worry isn’t it.

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