In this ever-growing, ever-invasive, ever-nosey “Big Brother” world it seems to get harder and harder to find even a second of privacy, don’t you think? I know that’s how I feel. But if there’s just one place on this planet that you can pretty much guarantee yourself a little bit of privacy it’s in the bathroom right? Well, think again…
Not to mention, forgetting about the whole privacy issue, that fact that back in high school, the girls bathroom was basically a safe haven of sorts… at least, for me, it was, not too sure about you. I mean, it’s where me and the gals congregated in between our classes in order to re-apply our lip gloss, gossip about that cute guy in homeroom who has no idea we exist, figure out whose turn it is to host the weekly ‘GiRlZ rUlE bOyZ dRoOl’ sleepover party and of course… go to the bathroom real quick before the next period rang in… ahhh, sweet, sweet memories.
But for the poor female students at Beardstown Junior/Senior High School in central Illinois, the girls’ bathroom has now become a place of embarrassment and apprehension. But WHY!? You may be wondering. Wellllll… for one very simple, disturbing reason really. It’s because the school board has recently decided to remove the freakin’ doors from its bathroom stalls. Yep, unfortunately, you read that right.
And nope, this wasn’t the result of any forgivable renovation snafu… it has, in fact, happened in response to a message which was left on a stall door, which reportedly threated a school shooting.
That’s right folks – one message, written on one door, from one student has resulted in the complete removal of every single bathroom stall door in every single bathroom on the property, which has now effectively punished hundreds upon hundreds of kids who had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Talk about justice, right?
“You have to understand when kids have a place to spend time, whether it’s a minute or five minutes sometimes things happen whether it’s good, bad or otherwise,” Beardstown School District Superintendent Ron Gilbert told WICS/WRSP. “It has helped limit some of the things that were taking place.”