No, Iowa Schools Are Not Putting Litter Boxes In Bathrooms
I never thought I would have to type the following words: schools are not putting litter boxes in their bathrooms. A school had to send an email putting this rumor to rest.
A strange rumor has been circulating on social media for the past month or so that has to do with schools and litter boxes. It all started with one Michigan school board meeting where a parent went on a strange rant after she "discovered" that her school is putting litter boxes in bathrooms.
This woman claims that a group of kids who identify as "furries" and specifically identified as cats was given litter boxes in the unisex bathroom at this school. She goes on to say that it is a NATIONAL problem going on in schools. Her statement went viral on social media and thrust this rumor into the national spotlight.
In the video, she mentions a group called "furries" which according to Merriam Webster refers to,
'A rising usage of furry refers to people who have a keen interest in or even dress up as, anthropomorphic animal characters, like those often seen in comics, games, and cartoons. The personalized animal identity of a furry is known as their fursona, the portmanteau of furry and persona. Fursonas can exist as costumes, online avatars, or even full lifestyles.
This outrageous notion of schools trying to "accommodate" students who are said to identify as animals, is a far stretch. Dare I say that it is absolutely bonkers! And because of people like the Michigan woman who went viral, schools now have to address these rumors via email.
According to the Carroll Times Herald, rumors that Carroll Community School District officials were putting litter boxes into their bathroom facilities have been going on for weeks! Carroll CSD Superintendent Casey Berlau sent an email to the entire district on February 7th.
In the message, Berlau writes,
"This is simply and emphatically not true," and goes on to say " It is very unfortunate that this rumor has been spread over the last several weeks. It has done nothing but distract people from the important work that we need to accomplish on a daily basis."