Cell phone videos released of Shiprock school bathroom incident

Posted at: 11/19/2013 6:38 PM
Updated at: 11/20/2013 6:02 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Last Friday we brought you a story about a teacher at Shiprock High School who was fired after refusing to let a student use the bathroom.

Central Consolidated School District has released the name of the teacher and two cell phones videos of the incident.

From the very beginning of the first, blurry, three-minute video, you hear a desperate student's pleas to use the bathroom.

"I want to go, I want to go I’m going to go..." she said.

Her teacher, April Baisan, says no, and after a couple of minutes, the girl loses control at her seat.

A second video shows the student arguing with Baisan afterwards.

In the corner of the video you can see a puddle underneath the student's desk.

The student blames Baisan for what happened.

"I’ve been holding it for at least an hour now this isn't even my fault this is yours," she said. 

Baisan was put on administrative leave the same day, and later fired.

The teacher's union, CCEA, is fighting to get her job back.

In a statement released by the union, they blame the school for not having a bathroom plan during lockdowns.

"The school district should stop seeking a scapegoat for this unfortunate incident, and get busy solving the real problem of inadequate policy and administrative guidance for emergency situations," said Melvin Sharpe, CCEA president.

But the district says this wasn't the kind of lockdown where students were in danger.  There was a drug search being conducted, and the teacher should have used better judgment.

"the union wants very specific rules and our district staff books about what teachers should do but it doesn't say anything in a staff book about a teacher allowing a student to urinate on themselves," said CCSD spokesperson James Preminger.

April Baisan is currently filing an appeal to get her job back. The school board will decide tonight in a closed session whether to hear her case or not.