There was an upper elementary student in my district who had a sizeable wetting accident in class recently. There are some at the school who think the student did it on purpose in order to be sent home (student has come up with literally EVERY excuse in the past to go home). I talked to the student afterward, he seemed very embarrassed, and I have a hard time believing that he would do that in order to go home. I think the accident was real.
I talked to the school counselor, and she agreed with me. She also said that if a student that old is doing that to go home, then there might be underlying issues--any number of issues--that need to be addressed.
I'm not sure what to think. Is this just a student who wanted to go home and pulled an elaborate prank to do so--even though it was an unsuccessful prank? Would a child in an upper elementary school grade wet themself in class and risk the teasing of their classmates just so they could go home? If an upper elementary child is willing to do this to go home, what does that really mean? Could this be something serious?
Just wanting thoughts from people who may have more experience with this than I do. Thanks!!