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School removes bathroom doors; sparks controversy

BALTIMORE (CNN) - In an effort to curb school prohibited activities like smoking, vaping and juuling in restrooms here at Broadneck High School, some of the bathroom doors have been removed. One parent and some students say there’s a better solution.

"I’m upset because it’s been an ongoing problem here at Broadneck. It started with bathroom doors being locked to then limiting bathrooms," said parent Jill Fairley.

Now officials at Broadneck High School have removed the entrance doors to some bathrooms on campus to curb prohibited activities like smoking, vaping and juuling. they say the effort is in the student’s best interest.

"The stall doors are still there but it’s just opening up a sense of privacy. The bathroom is a private place and having a door there is just something that were all accustomed to," said Fairley.

Jill Fairley’s daughter, Amaya, is a sophomore at Broadneck. Fairley sent pictures taken by her daughter after the doors were removed.

"It’s just overall frustrating because its invading our privacy. Schools not exactly a private place and the bathrooms is the one place that gives us privacy," said Amaya.

Amaya isn’t the only student who says the decision feels like an invasion.

"It’s just a violation of our privacy. I understand what’s going on but there’s definitely other ways to change it," said Taylor Gurule, a student.

Students tell me if kids are going to smoke or vape, they’ll find a place to do it and removing bathroom doors isn’t the solution. 

Anne Arundel County public schools is sticking by its decision saying:

Broadneck High School has experienced an increasing number of violations of the code of student conduct in bathrooms. In response, the school installed doorstops two weeks ago and propped doors open only on bathrooms where to do so would not invade student privacy. Those doorstops were unfortunately kicked off, so the school earlier this week removed doors on those bathrooms. More than half of the school's bathrooms still have doors. The school has not received any complaints from parents about this matter."

Fairley says she plans to reach out to school leaders again about what she calls a breech in student privacy.


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