In an average school in South Los Angeles, one student was treated “like garbage” after the administration forced the boy to wear a trash bag all day long after he had an accident and soiled his clothes. Because the boy accidentally wet himself in class, the school forced him to sit in his urine-soaked clothes after putting him inside a black trash bag.
The boy’s mother, Sonia Mongol, announced Monday that she is taking legal action against the Los Angeles Unified School District for the way that treated her 8-year-old son.
The incident happened like this. Although the boy politely asked the teacher if he could use the bathroom, the elementary school teacher refused to honor the boy’s bodily function and the child accidentally wet himself. The incident occurred at the Manhattan Place Elementary School in South Los Angeles.
Mongol said the incident occurred in November 2018. After being denied a bathroom break, her son wet himself.
Mom said, “He got some urine on himself in the process. He went to the nurse’s office. He received no help.” The school then gave her son trash bags to wear over his urine-soaked clothing. The school did not bother to alert the boy’s mother to the issue. She only found out about what happened when her boy came home from school wearing trash bags over his smelly clothes.
Her son had to sit with his classmates while wearing the trash bags which was very humiliating. Because the teacher shamed him for peeing himself, Mongol’s son still gets bullied and teased over the incident, which happened months ago.
“He doesn’t understand why, when he went to adults for help, they would do this to him, so it’s had a lasting effect on him,” Mongol said.
On Monday, Mongol and her attorney, civil rights activist Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope held a press conference to announce that they are going to fight the Los Angeles Unified School District in court if necessary. First, they are filing a California tort claim, which is the first step Mongol needs to take to take legal action against the school.
“Manhattan Elementary School has given us the impression that our child is garbage,” Mongol said. “No child should have to endure this, not our child, not your child, not any child. I feel that our child represents every child.”
Because the teacher forced Mongol’s son to wear trash bags, the Los Angeles police department is investigating this as a case of potential child abuse.
When the incident first went public, the LAUSD shared the following statement.
“Los Angeles Unified takes all matters concerning the safety and well-being of our students very seriously. Upon learning about this allegation, law enforcement was notified immediately, and the District is fully cooperating in the investigation. The District will also conduct an administrative investigation. Due to confidentiality laws, we cannot offer further details at this time.”
Do you think this mother will win the case against the LAUSD? Or do you think the school will try to overpower her with a team of high-paid attorneys?
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