Black students used the restrooms as hangouts. Any white student who dared enter risked being beaten to a pulp.
Fortunately there is at least one high school acknowledging the problem.
The media refused to acknowledge the extent of the violence or the physical dangers of having to 'hold it' until the student arrived home safely.
Rather, the media honed in on critics who accused the school of babysitting teenagers.
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Our partners at WFTS say if students now have to go to the bathroom during class, they can go only if they're escorted by one of five supervisors. Escorts are not required to take students to the bathroom during passing periods or lunch.
"We've had issues with people being accosted coming out of bathrooms, drug deals taking place in the hallways, students having sex in bathrooms. That's what we're trying to put a stop to," teacher Catherine Burgess told WFLA.
Students and parents are not happy with the new bathroom regulations.
"I feel like I'm either being treated like a toddler or a prison inmate," one student told WTSP.
"We're in high school; we shouldn't be babysat. We should be able to go to the bathroom," a student told WFTS.
"It's an endangerment to their health, having to hold their bladder that long," a parent said.
But Zephyrhills' faculty is completely on board with the policy, even going so far as to hold signs in support during the principal's speech Wednesday.
In the face of complaints, the bathroom policy is being slightly modified. Starting Friday, students who have disciplinary or academic issues will be the only ones required to have an escort take them to the bathroom.
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