Gloucester Excessive Faculty college students say they lack privateness with lacking toilet stall doorways

A pupil at an east Ottawa highschool says officers have been too sluggish to reply to considerations about doorways lacking from some boys’ toilet stalls, elevating privateness considerations among the many pupil physique.

“I need the varsity to be held accountable for it,” mentioned the Grade 12 Gloucester Excessive Faculty pupil. CBC Information has agreed to not identify him as he fears tutorial repercussions. 

The coed mentioned he averted utilizing bogs on the college beginning in Grade 9 due to vaping and smoking gone unchecked.

As a substitute, he is used the amenities down the road at a plaza, “which could be very uncomfortable and ugly,” he mentioned. 

That is an upstairs toilet. (Submitted)

When he tried a faculty toilet once more final Might, he observed the lacking doorways and assumed they might get replaced. Once they weren’t fastened by the point June rolled round, he reported them to the varsity principal, who mentioned he’d look into it, in keeping with the scholar. 

“No followup,” the scholar mentioned. 

Alum says ‘it wasn’t like this’ earlier than

The summer season handed and in late August, Sabreen Abu’s son additionally flagged the lacking doorways throughout a tour for brand new Grade 9 households, she mentioned. 

“I went to Gloucester Excessive Faculty over 20 years in the past and it wasn’t like this,” Abu mentioned. “It is very unhappy to see.”

Her son additionally walks all the way down to the plaza, she mentioned. 

College students who spoke to CBC Information throughout the road from the varsity on Friday additionally voiced considerations. 

“It is a lack of privateness,” mentioned Grade 12 pupil Eyad Elbadawi. “I do not suppose anybody could be snug sufficient doing their very own enterprise with out the door.”

‘It is a lack of privateness,’ mentioned Grade 12 pupil Eyad Elbadawi. (Man Quenneville/CBC)

“It is uncomfortable if you have to, you already know,” echoed fellow Grade 12 pupil Edan Tudge, including that lacking stall doorways has been an “on and off” challenge since 2019. 

One other pupil shared a photograph he mentioned he took in June displaying no dividing wall between two bathrooms. 

One pupil confirmed an image displaying two bathrooms with no dividing wall. (Submitted)

He mentioned it is nonetheless like that. 

Stalls to be fastened subsequent week: college board

Gloucester Excessive Faculty is represented by the Ottawa-Carleton District Faculty Board.

A faculty board spokesperson mentioned Friday through electronic mail that some toilet stalls have been broken and should be changed “resulting from vandalism.”

The unnamed pupil mentioned some stalls have been vandalized with markers, “however that does not imply you take away them and take away college students’ privateness.”

“Even when it was vandalism in Might, they’ve had months in the course of the summer season to carry the doorways again, which they nonetheless have not performed,” he mentioned. 

A spokesperson for the varsity board representing Gloucester Excessive Faculty mentioned the board plans to repair the stalls subsequent week. (Man Quenneville/CBC)

After CBC Information reached out to the varsity board on Friday, the spokesperson mentioned the board plans to repair the stalls subsequent week.

Within the meantime, “there are eight further stalls or non-public bogs obtainable to male college students on the principle flooring of the varsity,” the spokesperson added. “Extra stalls and personal bogs can be found on the higher flooring.”

Hafidah Rosyid

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