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Jury award 1million to schoolgirl forced to urinate in bucket because teacher wouldn't let her use bathroom
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A teenage girl has been awarded £1million in compensation after she was forced to urinate in a bucket at school.
The girl, then aged, 14, was told she could not go to the bathroom by teacher Gonja Wolf at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California.
Ms Wolf believed the school had a strict no-bathroom rule during class.
Instead she told the girl to use a bucket in a supply room and pour her urine down a sink.
The girl, now aged 19, said the incident in 2012 led to her being bullied and becoming depressed to the point she attempted suicide.
She sued the school after it rejected a claim for £20,000.
A spokesman for Patrick Henry High School in San Diego said it was "disappointed" at the court's decisions (Photo: Google Maps)
A court was told Ms Wolf had not intended to embarrass the student.
Her advice was a "lapse of judgment, she thought that was a good idea", said Katheryn Martin, the school district's attorney.
But the girl's lawyers argued she had been humiliated.
"Something like this never should have happened to a 14-year-old girl just entering high school," said attorney Brian Watkins.
A jury awarded her £1million in compensation plus £32,500 to cover medical expenses.
A spokesman for the school district said they were "disappointed" with the decision and would be considering an appeal.