Florida teacher accused of forcing student to clean clogged urinal with bare hands

Jennifer Forshey (Broward Sheriff’s Office)

Jennifer Forshey (Broward Sheriff’s Office)

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — A teacher has been arrested after she allegedly forced a 10-year-old student to clean a clogged urinal with his bare hands, according to WSVN.

Police say Broward Community Charter School West teacher Jennifer Forshey, 58, was arrested Wednesday after being accused of forcing the student to clean the urine-filled, clogged urinal with his bare hands as a form of punishment for originally clogging it.

Forshey bonded out of the Broward County Jail Wednesday night and says she “did not do anything illegal.”

She is charged with felony battery of a child by exposure to urine.

The 10-year-old boy told WSVN he felt embarrassed, adding that others at the school have been bothering him about the incident.

According to reports, the school became aware of the incident when the student went to the school’s office asking for soap because his hands smelled of urine.

The family has hired attorney Joshua Hertz, who said the boy never clogged the urinal, according to WSVN.

The school has not commented on the incident. A comment is expected to come Thursday.

Read more: WSVN

9 comments

  • 30 year resident

    Good for her…perhaps she should have called the parents first and gotten their permission to have the kid fix the toilet that he screwed up on purpose, maybe given him gloves. But now, a seasoned teacher will lose her job and possibly her pension because a brat kid thought he was untouchable, the school will condone it, the kid wont get punished further, the parents will say how bad their kid feels mentally and get $’s, and the cycle will continue….SAD.

  • steve

    If the allegation is true, she’s not fit to teach. No doubt brats and punks need to be dealt with but a trip to the principal’s office and parental meeting is the way to handle something like this in these post-neanderthal times.

  • Taylor

    When I was student teacher, we were strongly instructed to never make contact with any body fluid (blood, urine, vomit, etc.) without wearing rubber gloves. There is no excuse for a teacher to force a student to do something she would never do herself. If she wanted the kid to clean up a mess, she should have had the janitor provide him with gloves, brushes, and disinfecting hand soap. She deserves to be fired.

  • DAS

    OK, urine is not 100% sterile. However, it’s closer to being sterile than 95% of the object we touch daily. “My boy didn’t do it”, so the parents say…because they were there watching!?!?. Just another set of parents that refuse to believe their child could do something wrong and defend the misbehavior by attacking someone who is ultimately trying to make their child a better human being. You may say “better human being…really!… by cleaning up urine with your bare hands!” Two things can be assured. One, the kid will never consider being a janitor when he grows up. Two, even when his is 80 years old, he will think twice before even spitting in a urinal, let alone intentionally clogging it and leaving it for someone else to clean up. This is called LEARNING HIS LESSON! I agree with the first post, maybe contact the parents first and get them onboard. However, I would say look at the intent of her actions and not just the actions. These days, too many parents expect the schools to take care of their children and then prosecute them for administering punishment, administering punishment for what in most cases, is a failure of the parent to raise THEIR CHILD and teach THEIR CHILD that they will be held accountable for their actions. Steve and Taylor, I am sure if you have kids, they are real winners.

    DAS

    • Taylor

      DAS, if you have kids, I hope they have better reading skills than you have. Both Steve and I said that if the kid caused the mess — and I assume this one probably did — he should be appropriately punished. It is not for you or anyone else to guess how sterile a urinal might be. A janitor would never clean a urinal without wearing gloves. The kid should have been given gloves and soap to clean up the mess. A teacher who denies that demonstrates a lack of common sense and should be fired.

  • nikki

    Yes. urine is sterile..If it is in a sterile cup. Not in a urinal. Thou I agree that some parents and kids are hard to deal with, It is still unacceptable to forced this child to unclogged the urinal using his bare hands. A dialog with the parents is still the best way to deal with this. and if everything else fails, there is what you call suspension, worst expulsion.

  • Laura

    Fire her!! I would really like to know how she KNOWS this kid is the one who clogged it in the first place??? Even if he did – principal’s office, meeting with the parents, in-school suspension….

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