SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A San Diego student who was forced to urinate in a bucket at school won $1.25 million in damages when a jury decided in her favor Wednesday.
The student sued the school district and her teacher after she was denied a bathroom break during a 25-minute advisory class at Patrick Henry High School in 2012, when she was 14 years old. Instead, art teacher Gonja Wolf escorted the student to a supply room adjacent to the class, where she told her to urinate in a bucket and dump the contents down the sink, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Media coverage of the ordeal led to bullying, gossip and eventually depression that drove the girl to attempt suicide. The teen transferred schools twice before graduating from a charter school. The San Diego Unified School District denied her initial claim for $25,000.