High School Requires Boys to Sign Out Toilet Paper

| by Michael Allen

Toilet paper has to be signed out by boys at Mahanoy City High School in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania because of vandalism.

Any boy needing bathroom tissue must ask for it and sign it out, which concerns many parents, reports

High school Principal Thomas Smith said at a school board meeting last week: "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."

"...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."

"Our policy is that if you need toilet paper, you would come to the office. We're not refusing anyone toilet paper. You would sign out and then sign back in. I randomly go in to check if anything is going on. Since we've done that, we've cut down on the destruction."

School Superintendent Joie Green added: "We're cutting down on people walking through the hallways for no reason. What we're trying to do, is that they're going to the bathroom at the beginning and end of class."

Smith said: "I'm not against putting toilet paper back in. I could do that but if there's destruction to the bathroom, then it would go back to my policy. We had the policy last year, but at the beginning of this year, it was destroyed in the first day. I made warnings, talked to students, talked to class presidents to talk to their students and student body.

"I'm willing to communicate with anybody. I'm willing to put the toilet paper back, but if the bathroom is destroyed, it will be removed."