School District Removes Doors From Bathroom Stalls, Raising Privacy Concerns
Carl FombyPublished in April 2019 / Updated in January 2021
After a school discovered a threatening note in a bathroom, it took the most unexpected measures by getting rid of all doors in bathroom stalls. The note made threats about a shooting, according to officials.
The note was found in a bathroom stall at Beardstown High School. Obviously, something had to be done about it.
However, the school thought the only logical step was to have all stall doors removed. That decision is, without a doubt, unexpected.
Obviously, the drastic decision has engaged parents and students. To them, this represents a serious violation of their privacy.
After the unusual decision, some students have been forced to carry blankets to school from home to hang them on the stalls to enjoy some privacy as they relieve themselves. This is to keep people from seeing them.
Others have had to go a step further and put their shoes just in front of the stalls to let other people know that someone is inside. This should keep other students from walking into the bathrooms as they use them.
There was mounting pressure on the school administration to address the student’s privacy concerns after the school decided.
The district said that female students could now start using a private restroom found in the school nurse’s office.
In the meantime, according to Ron Gilbert, Beardstown Superintendent, the move has apparently helped put a stop to some of the things that took place while students were using the bathrooms.
He claimed that safety was the priority and that restrooms serve only one purpose. Even though many were concerned, the school would not let anyone be in a position of potential harm.
According to him, only those who intend to spend a lot of time in bathrooms for what they are not meant for should be concerned about the new directive. Otherwise, everyone should be safer with these new measures in place.
Gilbert also claims that the school dealt with four different law enforcement agencies and that the institutions would also love normalcy. Still, it is not in a position to offer all the details at the moment.
Although the removal of bathroom doors is getting all the attention, the school has taken other precautions. For instance, the students can only enter the school and exit through a single door. Students are also subjected to random searches during school events.
The school’s security is in high gear. The school was even put under lockdown on March 22 after an incident, but it is not clear if this had anything to do with the note they found in the bathroom. However, there were officers from several agencies who responded before the lockdown was lifted afterward.
However, such incidents are not unusual. For instance, there is an incident where a teacher was suspended for telling her students to tell their parents how cold the classrooms were. The teacher was later reinstated, although the student’s union termed the suspension as ridiculous.