“I was stunned,” she told the station Thursday. “I was so shocked I just took the picture because I didn’t believe what I was seeing.”
She asked if he could work in the library and was told no, Goodwin said in the Facebook post. She was also told that “it was fine for him to be in there” because the school didn’t use the space as a bathroom.”
Her son also has an autoimmune disorder, Goodwin told KOMO, further highlighting why the suggestion he work in a bathroom was problematic.
“My son was humiliated, embarrassed, and disgusted at this inhumane suggestion that he work in a bathroom,” she said.
The idea of putting Goodwin’s son there was “an example of staff trying to seek a solution to temporarily repurpose a room,” Baker said.
No student spent any part of their school day in the bathroom, he said.
Due to limited state funding “schools often have limited space to meet students’ instructional and social-emotional needs,” he said.
As an example, Baker pointed out that the district has previously converted staff lounges into temporary classrooms and the principal’s office into meeting spaces to provide enough space for full-time kindergarten.
“Again, my preliminary assessment is this idea was well-intentioned, but in the end we did not move forward with it,” he said.
CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.