Furious parents slam primary school after all its toilets are made unisex

The Mirror is reporting that angry parents have slammed a primary school after it made all of its toilets unisex.

They fear youngsters could be bullied or even sexually assaulted by older pupils in the facilities and claim they were not consulted over the changes, made in the holidays.

Lisa Carrano, 35, whose seven-year-old daughter goes there, said: “Pupils have been saying they are afraid of using the toilets in case older kids peer over the top of the cubicle or take a photo on phones.”

Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw has said he supports “well-policed” facilities for trans children.

Parents were invited to meet headteacher Sue Stanley, who said in a statement: “There have been a number of unisex toilets at the school since it opened in 2000 and there have never been issues.”

She added new lockable unisex cubicles had full-height doors.

More at: Furious parents slam primary school after all its toilets are made unisex

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  1. thiskidsthinkin

    Under the age of 8/9, not a huge problem. After that, a few of the children will be starting to develop. That is where you need the separation. There is a thing in more developed countries where the human body isn’t seen as a natural thing. We tend to view it as a sexual thing and cover up in front of our own children (some homes do anyway). Maybe the ‘that’s what a body looks like, so what’ attitude from a young age is what we need in the family home to reduce embarrassing situations later on.

  2. little_mavis

    Nor_edu I don’t understand why the “photos over the door by older kids” is anything to do with them being unisex.

  3. Some girls now start to menstruate before the end of primary.  Using unisex loos could cause difficulties.  Where would bins be placed for used sanitary products?   Would boys make derogatory comments about soiled towels?  Even if they didn’t, girls might fear that they would.  This could cause them to delay changing towels for fear of remarks about odour or ‘jam rags’.

  4. Volorg

    At most if not all nurseries, toilets are unisex and without cubicles. All of a sudden this changes when they get to school. When my daughter and her friends started school they got into trouble to going into the boys or girls toilets to be with their friends. It was just what they were used to. I think this is a great idea.

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