"Going to the can," has a different meaning at Middletown High School these days. Parents say students were given no choice but to urinate in trash cans, but the school principal says that's just not true.
During several recent Board of Education meetings, a small group has brought up the rather gross issue of urinating in trashcans during public comment sessions. Students have been disciplined for urinating in trash cans at the school after they were unable to find an unlocked bathroom, they said, the Middletown Press reports.
Middletown H.S. principal Robert Fontaine denies that students have no bathroom option.
“The accusation that I routinely locked all of the bathrooms — that’s ludicrous,” Fontaine told the newspaper. “It was not our belief that a student would need to use a trash can when there are bathrooms on every floor.”
Fontaine said there are times when a bathroom is out of order or closed to clean up graffiti.
The city heath department conducted two unannounced visits at the high school five days apart. On June 12, Rehm’s report said he found one bathroom on each floor was “routinely kept locked.”
Sal Nesci, chief public health official, said his department has “made it clear that all bathrooms need to stay open based on the school population and the number of fixtures.”