Catastrophe in the Lavatory

Maggie Daubenspeck

Out of order signs, graffiti, no soap or locks, and limited paper towels are just a few examples that come to mind when thinking about the bathrooms at school. They are foul and a nuisance to the school.

A student raises his or her hand and asks for a pass for the bathroom. As they walk through the designated door, however, the student wants nothing more to just turn around and walk back to class.

The doors on the stall doors don’t lock, some don’t even shut. There is writing from other students carved into the doors and written on the walls. Soap doesn’t come out of the dispensers and the paper towels won’t come out either.

Amanda Dickson, a junior, says that the bathrooms “smell really bad and they’re always dirty.” She adds that she “tries to avoid going to the bathroom during school.”

These are the conditions of most of the women’s bathrooms around school. Some even have lines to use the one working stall, which causes tardiness to class and longer absences from classes students are already in.

Elise Rivera, a sophomore, tells me how the bathrooms are “pretty gross.” She also says, “The walls are chipped which makes it look old and the sinks and toilets are just disgusting!”

“Some are gross. The one near H Wing normally only has one working stall and there’s a huge line,” says Casey Lazarek, a sophomore. “It’s wicked annoying.”

The most important things to tackle first in order to ensure a cleaner bathroom are the soap dispensers filled and the paper towel dispensers un-jammed and filled as well. Next, locks can be fixed for the stall doors so that students aren’t having to just wait for the next available stall with a locked door.

After this, the stalls may need to be painted over again, such as some in the school have already been. This simple touch up is far more welcoming than the graffiti.

These are simple answers to the bathroom problem, but what do you think?