Teachers, especially Kindergarten teachers, should know better.
I knew this would happen. Since the very first week of the school year my daughter has been telling me how you don’t let her use the toilet when she asks to. You make her wait.
“After I finish reading this book to you.”
“After you pack up your desk.”
“Once we’ve completed our counting activities.”
Don’t you understand that your Kindergarten classroom is made up of five-year-old children who have very limited control over their bladders? Don’t you get the fact that they have only moments to get to a toilet once the urge hits?
You’ve either not had enough experience teaching infant classes or you have, and just don’t care.
Now my daughter has to carry the stigma of being the first child to wet themselves in your classroom. This is exactly what I was hoping to avoid because it happened to me. I wet myself in Kindergarten and the memory of it still burns.
I was sitting on the floor with the rest of the class as the teacher spoke to us. I put my hand up and told her I needed to use the toilet. It was almost lunchtime so she told me I'd have to wait a few minutes until the bell rang. So I followed the rest of my classmates who had walked to their bags at the back on the classroom to retrieve their lunchboxes. I remember the feeling of humiliation as it ran down my legs.
"Ewww, you wet yourself," one of the nastiest boys said loudly.
Now that same thing has happened to my daughter and it is all you fault.
You have been the cause of my daughter's humiliation during what is one of her formative years in school. What happens to her this year, during her first year of 'big school', in your class, will influence her entire relationship with school.