Ongoing vandalism at a Pennsylvania high school has forced officials to remove toilet paper from the boy’s bathroom.
Instead of simply pulling what they need off the roll in the stall, boys at Mahanoy Area High School are now forced to request the toilet paper before visiting the facilities. According to The Associated Press, students are required to sign out the roll prior to using the bathroom.
As a result of toilet paper ban, Principal Thomas Smith said the bathrooms have been free from vandalism. He explained that the school had been battling clogged toilets for nearly two years.
The Republic Herald reports that several parents have been outraged at the removal of toilet paper from the boy’s bathroom. Concerned mother Karen Yedsena asked about the toilet paper ban at a recent school board meeting.
Principal Smith explained:
“Our policy is that if you need toilet paper, you would come to the office. We’re not refusing anyone toilet paper. You would sign out and then sign back in. I randomly go in to check if anything is going on. Since we’ve done that, we’ve cut down on the destruction.”
Although some students said they were embarrassed to ask the school nurse for a roll of toilet paper, Smith said that he wasn’t aware of any such reports.
According to ABC News, Smith told those who attended the school board meeting that vandalism was causing serious problems for the high school.
“We have a case pending with the police where a bathroom down by our gymnasium was absolutely destroyed. I’m sure our district facilities director could tell you the times that our toilets have been jammed with toilet paper and other papers. 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.”
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