Preschooler Suspended Over Potty Accidents

Zoe Rosso, 3, was removed for a month from her Arlington, Va., school
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2011 12:54 PM CST
Preschooler Suspended Over Potty Accidents
A 3-year-old girl found herself suspended from preschool for having too many potty accidents.   (Shutter Stock)

Didn’t think it was possible to get suspended from preschool? It is—and 3-year-old Zoe Rosso found herself booted for a full month, thanks to a few too many potty accidents. Rosso was removed from a Montessori preschool in Arlington, Va.—escorted out, along with her mother, by the principal no less—on Dec. 3, because she’d “had enough chances,” her mother tells the Washington Post. “That seemed absurd to me.” Zoe cleaned up after herself and changed her clothes after each accident, and a pediatrician said the toddler's development was perfectly normal.

Rosso had to continue paying the $835 monthly tuition while Zoe was out of school, and is now lobbying for the school board to change its policy. Experts say it’s normal for children Zoe’s age to have accidents even after being potty-trained, but a spokesperson says the county has required preschool students to be potty-trained for decades, and that children are removed after having eight accidents in a month. Rosso, however, says she wasn’t notified of the policy until just before Zoe was removed, when she was told that three more accidents could get her booted.
(Read more potty training stories.)

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