Parents in a UK town have responded in anger after a school decided to remove the wall of a girls’ bathroom.
St Mary’s College in Wallasey removed the wall in order to make the toilet block open plan, The Independent reports.
It is believed the decision was made by school officials in an effort to reduce truancy levels, and deter pupils from smoking and bullying. However, parents have reacted in anger to the move, refusing to send children to school until the pupils have more privacy.
School removes wall from girls’ toilets and parents are keeping children at home in protest https://t.co/VQzhq2AsZZ
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With the wall missing, the individual toilet cubicles (with doors) are visible from the school corridors, as are the wash sinks and mirrors.
One parent of two children at the school told The Independent that she does not feel comfortable with the new layout, and intends to keep her daughter at home.
“My sister and neighbours are doing the same with their daughters,” Tara Hodgson Jones explained.
“Apparently they are starting on the boys’ toilets next week, so I’ll be keeping my son off too if they do the same. ”
“My daughter told me about it on Thursday but I thought she was making a big deal over nothing until I saw it for myself.”
However, another parent told the publication: “My daughter attends this school and I don’t see it as a bad thing – I do believe it’s for the protection of the students and school safety.
“Really don’t know what the fuss is about?”
Late last year a UK school came under fire after teachers were told to stop calling female pupils “girls”.
Natasha Devon, a former government health advisor, told the Girls’ School Association’s annual conference in Manchester, “never walk into a room in an all girl’s school and say girls or ladies” because it is “patronising”.