Is it fair for teachers to refuse to write passes?

Baillie Costigan, Staff Writer and Copy Editor

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Getting a pass to go to the bathroom doesn’t seem like a big deal right? Well, apparently to some teachers, it is. Some situations are understandable like having the student wait for a better time to go.

Nothing is more frustrating than having to go to the bathroom, asking for a pass, and the teacher refusing you without reason. I’ve personally had this happen with a substitute teacher who wouldn’t let any students leave the classroom; this seems completely unfair.

In an interview with senior Brianna Katauskas, she has also had experience with teachers refusing to write her a pass.

Q: “Have you ever been refused a pass?”

A: “Yes, I needed to go see a counselor about my classes and the teacher wouldn’t let me.”
Q: “On what grounds?”

A: “The teacher had an issue with another student writing passes and then leaving school.”

Q: “Do you think it’s fair or right for teachers to do that, even when it comes to the bathroom?”

A: “No, you cannot take away a student’s right to go to the bathroom. Using the bathroom is not a privilege that can be taken away. There are better ways to deal with students lying than refusing everyone the right to leave class.”

Katauskas brings up a good point: “Using the bathroom is not a privilege.” Refusal to go to the bathroom can cause a disruption to that student’s learning because they’ll be focused on their discomfort instead of what’s going on in class.

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Is it fair for teachers to refuse to write passes?