The mother of a middle school child is upset after she says she noticed urinals in the girl’s restroom while visiting the school.
The discovery was made at Upper Perkiomen Middle School in Montgomery County, Philadelphia earlier this month.
The woman told reporters that she was at the school for a training event when she walked into the restroom.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. I had to check the sign because I thought I was in the wrong bathroom. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in. And, it has a bin for sanitary products disposal in it. I was so mad, I left my training in tears,” the parent told Harrisburg100.
After hearing the story, the National News Desk reached out to the school and was told by the principal that the handicap stall in all restrooms includes a urinal and a toilet:
“In both the men’s and the women’s restrooms, the private handicapped accessible stall has both a toilet and a urinal,” Principal Christine Siegfried wrote. “The picture you provided is of the inside of a handicapped private stall. All stalls in the restrooms have enhanced functions with higher walls and doors and no ability to look between the doors to allow privacy while in the restroom. These features have been in existence since the opening of the school in the Fall 2019.”
She went on to explain that while the handicap restrooms provide both
all urinals and toilets are incased in it’s own private stall:
“As part of the planning process in building Upper Perkiomen Middle School and as suggested by the building architect to provide equal access in the restroom, all of the student / general public restrooms were designed to include individual private stalls for every toilet and urinal. Even in the men’s room, all urinals have a private stall and not a partition dividing the urinals,” said Siegfried.
Transgender bathroom rights have been at the forefront of the nations issues for quite some time.
Despite many new policies protecting the rights of transgendered people being enacted, most of the country still appears to be divided on the issue.