Common Sense Down the Toilet: Bathroom Woes and Worries

Written by Candace Hardin on June 3, 2014

Seems that the bathroom has become a hot button in the schoolroom scene.

I recently went a few rounds with my daughter’s high school principal about his ridiculous rule for use of the bathroom.

His idea was to not let the kids go to the bathroom either the first or last fifteen minutes of the class. Being that they only have three minutes between class to get to and from, fetch books as needed, bathroom time became dear.

Prohibiting any child from going to the bathroom does not work for me as medical problems can arise from delay.

This asinine rule seems like a picnic next to what was passed in California. Seems children can use whichever bathroom they choose due to whichever gender they decide to identify with at the moment.

Great, what keeps curious children from “changing” gender orientation in order to see what is what with the opposite or same sex?

Personally, I feel a little odd when mothers bring their sons in the bathroom with them after a certain age. I understand why they do it, but it is natural for children to be curious.

What about any kind of psychological complex that can come from restriction or liberty with bathroom habits?

The new law seems to be an accident just looking for a place to happen.

My coworker is married to a schoolteacher. She has reported that her teenage students have been caught in sex acts in the bathrooms. My mother, who taught middle school in the eighties, experienced the same kind of hijinks long ago, so this is nothing new.

How many of us want to encourage and enable more of the same with this kind of law?

Regardless of the lack of morals in today’s society, I know many parents are fighting the good fight to raise good, moral children.

This kind of law will only add an additional obstacle to the already worry laden parent.
Then there is the thing that no one wants to think about and that is rape. It is not only a danger to girls these days. Both sexes can be put in harm’s way with this new law.

It is time to take back our schools. We cannot accommodate everyone’s life choices. Some discipline and tradition has to reign in order to be able to maintain control.

Parents have to be able to comfortably send their children to school without fear of danger or trauma. They need to be in charge of their education and social development.

The government is stepping closer and closer to point of complete anarchy. The first step is to indoctrinate the young in ways contrary to their parent’s moral values.

This law has passed in California. That state always leads the charge on ridiculous, social laws.

I hope the rest of the country does not follow suit.

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Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.