Few of us will ever forget the famous line, “No soup for you!” from one of Seinfeld’s funniest episodes. Failure to comply, no good.
Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. The Republican Herald reported on Monday, that a high school in Mahanoy City, apparently, has been left with no other alternative but to wipe away toilet paper privileges from male students after repeated warnings to stop the destruction of the school’s toilets were ignored.
Yes, you read that correctly. Male students at Mahanoy Area High School have had their toilet paper taken away due to repeated, destructive acts in the boys restrooms.
The Republican Herald reports that high school principal, Thomas Smith, warned students on multiple occasions that the continued disregard of the restroom facilities was going to have its consequences.
Those warnings went unheeded. As a result, now male students who need to go to the restroom are forced to sign for the toilet paper at the main office, or the nurse’s office. After using the toilet paper, the students must then return it to the office and sign it back in.
Thomas Smith, principal at Mahanoy Area High School, explains:
“We’ve had serious destruction to our bathrooms for the past two years. We have a case pending with the police where a bathroom down by our gymnasium was absolutely destroyed. I’m sure Mr. (Robert) Pastucha (district facilities director) could tell you the times that our toilets have been jammed with toilet paper and other papers. And after we took the toilet tissue out of there, people were throwing books. It was our way to try to curb the destruction in the bathrooms.”
One, seemingly clueless, parent is reported to have expressed disbelief over the principal’s decision to take away the toilet paper.
Karen Yedsena was quoted as saying:
“I’m asking about the high school and why the boys are not allowed to have toilet paper except if they go to the nurse or the office to get it.”
You may be wondering, “Where has this lady been these past two years?”
The parent insists that too many students are complaining that it is too embarrassing to have to show up at the office and sign for the toilet paper.
The school’s principal, however, adds that this change has been effective:
“I randomly go in to check if anything is going on. Since we’ve done that, we’ve cut down on the destruction.”
Nevertheless, Thomas Smith, is not being a tyrant about it and insists that he is open to the possiblity of going back to the all-access toilet paper policy .
“I’m not against putting toilet paper back in (the boys’ bathrooms). I could do that but if there’s destruction to the bathroom, then it would go back to my policy.”
The problem with this, says the principal, is that they tried going back to the all-access paper, last school year, and a toilet was destroyed on the very first day of school.
There you have it, ladies and gentleman. What do you think? Should the students continue to be subjected to embarrasing toilet paper sign-ups, or should they be granted full access to the school’s toiletries?
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How would you describe this student behavior? rebellion, defiance, foolishness, and/or blatant disregard, but Mahanoy Area High School