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Politics Everywhere: 3-Year-Old Suspended for Potty Accidents

- January 31, 2011

bq. Zoe Rosso, who is 3 years old, likes to bake brownies with her mom, go to tumbling class and make up elaborate worlds with tiny plastic animals and dolls. Like many children her age, she sometimes has difficulty making it to the toilet on time.

bq. That’s why she was suspended from her preschool. For a month.

bq. Arlington Public Schools’ Montessori preschool at Claremont Elementary “removed” Zoe in December, asking her parents not to bring her back to school for a month, or until the child learned not to have any more “accidents.”

It gets better.

bq. Now, Rosso [NB: Zoe’s mother]…is pushing the county and School Board to change its potty policy. She calls it her “Potty Manifesto”…Rosso said, “If a kid is emotionally and intellectually ready for school . . . then they should have the ability to go, regardless of whether their bladder has caught up with their brain.”

As the parent of a three-year-old, I am ready to sign this manifesto. The whole story is “here”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/29/AR2011012903854.html.