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A fresh row has broken out at a secondary school after it announced a new rule calling for students to 'check in' with their teachers and explain why they needed to use the toilet if they leave during lesson time.
One parent said Camborne Science and International Academy in Cornwall had 'gone too far' after being sent a letter on Monday, December 4, explaining the new process.
The school said teachers have seen an 'increasing number of students starting to use the toilet in the middle of the lesson, every lesson'. The letter also states the new rule 'offers support in developing good habits for life'.
As a result of toilet breaks that 'disrupt their learning', any student who does go to the toilet during lesson time will now need to attend a mandatory meeting during their next break to explain their reasons for doing so, the school said.
This is not the first time parents have clashed with the school over its treatment of pupils. In September, police were called to a protest at the school grounds over 'harsh' rules which stopped some children from drinking during the day to avoid using the restroom.
A protest at the school grounds in September over 'harsh' rules which stopped some children from drinking during the day to avoid using the restroom
The school said teachers have seen an 'increasing number of students starting to use the toilet in the middle of the lesson, every lesson'. The letter also states the new rule 'offers support in developing good habits for life'
In September, one mother (pictured) said her daughter has stopped drinking during the school day to avoid having to use the toilet
Parents also claimed their children they were being punished for everything from being a couple of minutes late to yawning.
In September, a video posted on Snapchat by pupils at the school has now unveiled the true extent of the disruption.
Previously, children have been shown chanting outside the school gates.
But the new footage shows them running riot through the corridors and shouting 'school is s***' while screaming and whooping.
Another voice - presumably a teacher - can be heard shouting 'Hey hey hey!' as they try to get the pupils back under control.
In another video, some pupils begin scaling the school gate to raucous cheers from their classmates.
Lisa Smith, a teaching assistant at a local primary school, has a child in year eight and has been horrified by the contents of the latest letter. She said she's been understanding about a number of recently implemented rules but feels this one has 'gone too far' as her daughter is now too afraid to drink at school.
The 36-year-old, who lives in Camborne, said: 'The letter came through late last night so I've seen it this morning and I'm just really shocked they would ask children why it is they need to use the toilet. I know that at a very young age if they were to ask me I'd have been really embarrassed.
'Especially if you've got an upset tummy or a child who has just started their period. The first person you want to tell is your mum not just some stranger at school.
'I'm a teaching assistant and I don't have to explain myself to anybody when I need to use the toilet and there isn't exactly a lot of time for the children to use the toilets anyway. They say they can go within their five minutes of lesson changing but there are not a lot of toilets in the school to begin with.
'And now when they are