• Fri, Feb 21 - 4:00 pm ET

There’s No Good Explanation For Why A Teacher Made A Child Unclog A Urinal With His Hands

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People, I don’t even know what to do with the world these days. I really don’t. Case in point: A teacher in Florida was arrested after she made a ten-year-old boy, one of her students, unclog a urinal with his bare hands. Yup. Yes. Yeah.

Jennifer Forshey, who taught at Broward Community Charter School, allegedly accused the little boy of stuffing the urinal with paper towels. She then forced him to remove the paper towels with his bare hands. Coral Springs, Fl. Sgt. Carla Kmiotek said:

“He tried to remove the urine-soaked paper towels and it got all on his hands. He wanted to wash his hands but there was no soap in the bathroom.”

This poor little boy told his mom, who reported Forshey to the school, although Fox News says that the school first learned about it when the boy was walking around the school looking for soap.  A few days later, his mom reported the incident to Coral Springs police. Forshey was arrested and apparently admitted that she did not give the boy gloves or anything else with which to remove the urine-soaked towels. She has since been released on bond.

How do people like Forshey get in the school system? More importantly, how and why was a female teacher with a minor student in a bathroom that is presumably for boys? Why did she think this student put paper towels in the urinal? Why would she even CARE if he had or not? And why in the WORLD would she ever think it was appropriate to ask a child, in a school setting, to touch bodily fluids? Especially as a punishment?

There are some sick fucks in the world. Yes, there are. Good god. I hope Forney is fired faster than you can say  ”soap,” or “pee” or “lawsuit.” The school has yet to comment on the incident, but Forney will still face charges for child battery.

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  • Crusty Socks

    When you abuse children, urinal lot of trouble.

    • Lee

      FTW!

    • echo7341

      Crusty Socks, I don’t know who you are, but I think I have a crush on you. I promise I’m not creepy. lol.

      Seriously, though, your commentary kills. :)

    • Crusty Socks

      Sometimes I just let the kidney me out to say silly things.

      You can colon me to make jokes anytime!

    • Lee

      Pissing myself laughing over here.

    • Crusty Socks

      You bladder be on your toilet.

      (Eve, I’ll stop, please don’t blacklist me)

    • Lee

      I am but everyone keeps telling me to shit or get off the pot.

    • Lee

      She definitely just flushed her career down the toilet.

    • Crusty Socks
    • Valerie

      These jokes remind me so much of things my 87 year uncle Vito would say. But totes in a good way.

    • Crusty Socks

      You seriously have an 87 yr old uncle Vito? Is he in the disposal industry?

    • Valerie

      I do. And possibly. But I know for sure that he raised carrier pigeons that were used in WWII. So he is pretty bad ass.

  • Mystik Spiral

    It’s always Florida…

    • Fat lady riding a manatee

      It IS always Florida! I’m convinced there is something in the water. It makes me worry for Maria Guido’s safety and sanity. I mean, her last post was nothing but screaming.

    • Maria Guido

      I AM A TICKING TIME BOMB. I HAVE TO GET OUT OF THIS STATE.
      Haha. Just kidding (about the former, not the latter).

    • House fever is a real thing

      If it makes you feel any better, my fiance is a fresh water biologist who works for different government agencies and the most recent assignment has moved us (from the west coast) to Wisconsin. And I don’t drive in the snow. Period. So, since we got to WI mid January, I’ve pretty much been a stay-at-home cat mom who only leaves the house after fiance gets off work and drives me somewhere. If anyone is a ticking time bomb of crazy, I’m pretty sure it’s me.

    • brebay

      snakes.

  • Tea

    I can’t believe she made him remove them with his bare hands, but the reason they were in there was probably an attempt at flooding the bathroom, same reason why you put them in the sinks and leave the water on. It’s grade-school vandalism at its finest.

    But, seriously, she should have just called the janitor.

    • Sara610

      Yeah, I probably would have called the janitor and then had the boy spend his choice time writing the janitor a note of apology for stuffing the paper towels in there, which required the janitor to take time away from his work (which he probably already has too much of) to clean up after the boy. And then deliver it by hand, along with a verbal apology.

    • Tea

      Exactly!

    • brebay

      Yeah I would have called the janitor too…but only to ask if the kid could borrow his gloves.

  • AP

    When I was in elementary school, I was throwing out my lunch garbage with my assigned row when another girl’s ring fell off in the trash. She claimed my garbage knocked her ring off, and that I did it on purpose from 5 feet away- that I aimed my trash AT her specifically to knock off her ring.

    So the lunch aides made me skip recess to sort through the soggy trash for the whole cafeteria bare handed to help her find her ring. It was ridiculous. And it was some shitty ring from Claire’s or the like, it wasn’t even real jewellery.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      Yeah, and was it called child battery and made the news? Nope…. you just dealt with it, even if it was disgusting.

  • hbombdiggity

    As a teacher I can’t address her entire line of thinking, but the reason she assumed he put the paper towels in the urinals is because ten year old boys think its hilarious to play in the bathroom. Clogging up a urinal with paper towels is about level 6 on a scale from 1-11 of bathroom hijinks. And she cares because even if its a boys room and she’s a girl, she will still get the side eye from her principal if the boys flood the bathroom on her “watch”. In the school I work at we can’t keep paper towels or soap in the bathroom because kids don’t know how to NOT play with them (I.e. soap is novel and a toy because no one at home taught them not to play with it). Its sad, but incredibly true.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      Agreed. Anybody else think her being arrested for child battery is a bit much? This is gross, yes, seriously gross. But child battery? I don’t think so….. plus, I’m just guessing some other kid saw him put it in there and reported it to her, so…it probably is him. Even if it’s not…child battery seems harsh.

    • brebay

      Ridiculous. She should have made him wear gloves, but otherwise I don’t see a problem with a kid cleaning up his own vandalism. I can’t believe this gets you arrested in Florida!

    • MellyG

      This will get you arrested, but killing someone might not. Yay FL!

    • Kat

      Why is it harsh though? Who knows what crap you might contract if you touch who knows who else’s urine.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      I got my definition from Wikipedia but it looks alright…..Criminal battery is the use of force against another, resulting in harmful, offensive or sexual contact. It doesn’t seem to fit this crime. It’s disgusting, yes. Maybe child endangerment? But his teacher didn’t beat him. We are only getting the child’s side (coming through parents, who weren’t there). The school district can’t really comment on it. Children misconstrue things to keep out of trouble.

    • Kat

      Yeah, you’re right. It does have to involve contact. I agree to child endangerment though.

    • val97

      I agree. My son was in first grade when he and a friend got sent to the principal’s office for doing the exact same thing. They had to clean it up as well. They were given gloves, and the janitor was in charge. If they hadn’t been given gloves, my son still would have been in trouble at home, and I don’t even know if I would have raged at the school about it. Yes, it’s gross, but child battery?

  • brebay

    Well, she cared because kids think it’s funny to clog up the toilets and flood the floors. Someone has to clean it up and she probably got tired of doing it. I do think she ought to have put him in gloves, (he probably could have borrowed from the janitor who had to clean it up all the other times someone did it). But arrested??? Are you kidding me?

    • Kat

      I seriously doubt the teacher is responsible for cleaning the urinals, and yeah, I’d definitely want someone arrested if they made me touch several other people’s urine.

  • tk88

    I think if she knew for sure this boy clogged the urinal it WOULD have been an appropriate punishment if she gave him some rubber gloves and something to scrape them out–and then of course allowed him to wash or at least Purell his hands. But what she did was wrong, humiliating and just disgusting. Although I don’t really understand how this is “Child battery”. I thought you know…battery had to be involved for that.

    • Kat

      Yeah, it’s definitely a strange term. There’s assault, which more or less means a physically harmful crime was almost committed, and then there’s battery, which means the crime was committed. (This is a simplified explanation, of course.)

      For example, I remember a case where a court debated whether to charge a man with assault or battery when he spat on a store employee because they couldn’t prove whether he spat on the employee or near her.

  • ElleJai

    Seriously? Urine when leaving the body is reasonably sterile; urine sitting in the urinal is NOT. He could have caught anything; especially with bare hands. That’s child endangerment, not appropriate punishment for a kid. Sending the kid, with gloves, to ASSIST the janitor, fine.

    Bare hands to clean the urinal? Hell no. I would have rung the police as well, this woman has no business being in charge of kids.

  • Brainspace

    I don’t want to get on my public education pony, but I do want to point out that this was at a charter school. Although charter schools often receive A LOT of public funds allocated to public education, their criteria for hiring is often nowhere near as intense as it is for public school employees. Often, a Teach for America student with 6 WEEKS of training (unlike my 4 year B.A. and 2 year M.S.) is placed in the classroom. So when we ask how people end up in the school system, let’s keep in mind what is actually happening in the school system and who is in the real school system.