A South Florida teacher is in hot -- yet presumably clean -- water over allegations she forced a student to unclog a pee-filled urinal with his bare hands.
“I didn’t do anything illegal,” said Jennifer Forshey as she bonded out of jail Thursday morning, according to CBS Miami.
But according to a police report, Forshey, a teacher at Broward Community Charter School West in Coral Springs, Fla., endangered the 10-year-old boy when she made him clean the urinal without providing any safety equipment or soap.
Investigators say the incident began on February 11 when someone at the school clogged the urinal with paper towels and urine. Forshey believed the boy was responsible, and told him to go back into the bathroom and remove the paper towels with his hands.
"Victim held a paper towel in his hand while grabbing the paper products out of the drain of the urinal, but the paper and urinal were wet enough to seep through the paper towel he was holding," wrote an arresting officer. "[The boy's] hands were saturated in what smelled like urine..."
There was no soap in the bathroom. According to the arrest report, a teacher who witnessed the incident told the boy to put his hands under running water, but he went to the dean's office to look for soap "because his hands smelled like urine."
"To let that go on with a child is irresponsible and I just feel it's not acceptable," said the boy's mother, Jenay Roberts.
Another parent at the school echoed her concern to WSVN: "You leave your children with their teacher, it's like a second mom, you don't expect that to happen to a child."
But police say that Forshey was unrepentant while giving a sworn statement after she was charged with battery on a child.
“She only thinks what she did was wrong because she is in trouble for it," an officer wrote. "Otherwise, she does not see anything wrong with exposing a child to urine.”