Emergency Toilets A Fixture In Turlock Classrooms

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) - Students fearing the call of nature during long-term lockdowns no longer have to worry in this city, where school officials have secured emergency toilets for every classroom.

Teachers returned for the semester to find the bathroom-in-a-box, including stool, collection bag and privacy curtain. It's marked "For Lockdown Only."

The problem arose last fall when Patterson High School students
spent four hours in classrooms after a fight on campus. Students
relieved themselves in trash cans until police cleared the campus.

It cost $14,000 to outfit the 701 classrooms in the city.

Assistant Superintendent Patricia McGuire said: "It's a small
price to pay for personal dignity."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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