“My son was h*umiliated, e*mbarrassed, and di*sgusted at this i*nhumane suggestion that he work in a bathroom.”

A mother of an a*utistic son was left shocked when the teacher’s suggested her son move his desk to a bathroom after she told them he needed a “quiet place” to work.


Danielle Goodwin shared the story on Facebook detailing how her 11-year-old son Lucas was subjected to hu*miliation and em*barrassment when his school in Bellingham offered him the toilet as his alternative workplace.

Lucas Goodwin's desk was moved to the toilet. Image: Facebook

“Yes, that’s my son’s desk”

“My son has special needs and does best in a very quiet place. This was his teacher's solution...yes, that is my son in a bathroom,” Danielle wrote alongside a picture of her son standing by the proposed solution.

“Yes, that is my son's desk over a toilet. She also provided a camping mat and pillow for him to nap...on the bathroom floor,” she continued.

Danielle explained how she asked if he could work in the library and that the teacher said no. The woman also said it was fine for him to be in there because they ‘don't use it as a bathroom’.


Lucas was left humiliated and embarrassed. Image: Facebook

“He was h*umiliated and e*mbarrassed”

Danielle said her son was h*umiliated, emba*rrassed, and dis*gusted at this inh*umane suggestion that he work in a bathroom.

“I immediately took my son home and he will not be returning. When we got home, he was throwing up from the a*nxiety,” she added.

"I was stunned," Danielle later told KOMO. "I was so shocked I just took the picture because I didn't believe what I was seeing."

"I can't believe that there was anybody that thought this was a good idea," The family’s layer Shannon McMinimee told CNN.

"There's a lot of different ways you can accommodate students with disabilities without humi*liating them."

Danielle Goodwin was shocked for her son. Image: Facebook

“To our knowledge the stall was used as storage”

In an online statement, Bellingham Public School Superintendent Greg Baker said: "To our knowledge the stall had been used as storage, not as an active restroom.


"The idea of putting Goodwin's son there was an example of staff trying to seek a solution to temporarily repurpose a room," Baker said.

“No student spent any part of their school day in the bathroom. Due to limited state funding schools often have limited space to meet students' instructional and social-emotional needs," he added.

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