A Pennsylvania public school responded to vandalism in bathrooms by requiring students to go to the principal's office to get toilet paper and sign out for the restroom. After using the bathroom, they must go back to the office and sign in again.
The principal of Mahanoy Area High School in Eastern, Thomas Smith, said the boys' bathrooms in particular were vandalized repeatedly over the past two years and that the policy, recently enacted, will help cut down incidents of clogged sinks and toilets, The Associated Press reported.
"We've had serious destruction to our bathrooms for the past two years," Smith said. "And after we took the toilet tissue out of there, people were throwing books. It was our way to try to curb the destruction in the bathrooms."
One parent believes the new policy is humiliating for students.
Karen Yedsena told the school board at a meeting last week that because students are too ashamed to get toilet paper, they go home sick instead, according to the Pottsville Republican Herald. She added that school officials said they weren't aware of such problems.
Smith said that the issue got to the point where school officials involved police after one bathroom was destroyed.
"Our policy is that if you need toilet paper, you would come to the office. We're not refusing anyone toilet paper," said Smith. "You would sign out and then sign back in. I randomly go in to [the bathroom to] check if anything is going on. Since we've done that, we've cut down on the destruction."
Smith said he admits the measure is drastic.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Joie Green said the measure is reasonable.
"I think it's been pretty much accepted," Green said.
There's no word yet on whether or not the school would be reversing the measure, as the complaints are starting to roll in.
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