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Sept. 19, 2006

Old problems disappear along with bathroom doors

by Poorva Singal, Online News Editor and Op/Ed Editor
The decision to remove the first floor bathroom doors has helped eliminate vandalism problems such as graffiti and tearing down and clogging fixtures. Business manager Jim Funk, who made the decision, said that vandalism disappeared immediately since the removal of the doors last spring.

The other alternative to solving this problem was to keep the bathroom doors locked, said SGA President Eric Hysen, but he said that removing the doors altogether was the better choice. "I got a lot of complaints last year that a lot of bathrooms were locked when people were leaving at three," Hysen said. He believes it is an acceptable trade-off since it is better than not being able to go to the bathroom at all.

Privacy is the main concern with the removal of the doors, according to Hysen. Even though the bathrooms in the 160s hallways have walls that obscure the vision into the bathroom, no such barriers are in place in the bathrooms near the main office. According to Hysen, there will be future changes to address the privacy concerns.

This strategy of preventing vandalism is not new to Montgomery County. According to Hysen, a number of other high schools in the county have their bathroom doors removed as well, although some schools' doors may have been removed for different reasons. "This isn't something that's only happening at Blair; I've been to many other schools in the county that also remove bathroom doors." he said.

Doors will not be removed from any other floors, Funk said. He said that most of the problems occurred with the bathrooms on the first floor, and that there is little need to take the doors off elsewhere. But the bathroom doors on the first floor are to stay off permanently, according to Funk.

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  • Anna on September 19, 2006 at 7:28 PM
    Blair is a rarity? I know plenty of schools that have doors on their bathrooms, and I've been to many different schools for sporting events.
  • ??!! on September 19, 2006 at 9:57 PM
    When i Pass By The bathroom by the main office i see people doing there buisness...i think you shouldnt take off the doors...just find out another way to prevent those things from happening...& if you were using the bathroom i dont think you would like it for people to walk by and be able to ee you using it huh?!
  • 08 on September 21, 2006 at 8:27 AM
    its kinda disturbing to be able to wave at people in the hall while using a urinal
  • Sigh... on September 21, 2006 at 9:11 PM
    Reduced vandalism, no skipping class! win win situation right? lets just leave out the minor fact that in doing so you completely ruin the privacy of people using the bathroom.
  • david on September 21, 2006 at 11:13 PM
    this is disturbing but i think the real issure here is doors that open out. i saw a kid get wacked in the face by a teacher coming out of one of the department offices. feel sorry for the kid. but really whats the purpose of doors opening out?
  • Great idea! on September 22, 2006 at 5:42 PM
    I think this is a great idea! No more worries about not finding a bathroom unlocked. Hopefully, there won't be any more of those dirty trash people scrawl on the bathrooms. Yay!!
  • I read the newspaper on September 22, 2006 at 11:17 PM
    Montgomery Blair was mentioned in a Washington Post article at the end the last school year, because there are no doors on the bathrooms by the main office.

    The article (in the A1 section, mind you) was about how high school students are not free to use the restroom as they please. Some teachers only allow students 2 passes a semester, or even offer extra credit for those who never leave class to relieve themselves. Worst off were the schools that had no doors in the stalls. This is where Blair was mentioned because you could watch the boys pee, and the girls walk in and out of stalls.

    The main focus of this article was the concern for high school bladders. haha.

    I just think it's funny that the day after that article ran, there were doors on the bathrooms.


    The day after that, the doors were missing again.



  • to david (View Email) on September 23, 2006 at 11:27 AM
    Yes, Blazers being whacked by doors is a huge problem at Blair.
    However, fire code says that at least one door in each classroom MUST open outwards, so that in case of a fire, there won't be any fumbling
  • senior on September 23, 2006 at 4:59 PM
    I wouldn't mind no doors on the restrooms, if they were built to have no doors. For example, many bathrooms without doors have a solid wall, or an area you need to walk around to get to the urinals or stalls. At the main office restroom, there is a half-wall, so you can see the top half of people "doing their business." That's not right.
  • Blair bathrooms... on September 23, 2006 at 10:25 PM
    The bathrooms are almost always out of soap, toilet paper, and towels, most stall doors don't lock, and the sinks don't always work, and all anyyone cares about is GRAFFITI? I don't atually care if the bathrooms have doors or not, but the stalls should have doors that lock, don't have to be held shut by whoever is in the stall. And maybe if the bathrooms had enough soap and paper, and working sinks and you didn't have to worry that someone would open your stall door by accident or on purpose, people wouldn't vandalise them as much.
  • Kristin Filip (View Email) on September 25, 2006 at 1:20 PM
    I just wanted to comment on the fact that I didn't believe this article was very clear at the beginning. It wasn't very clear to me that you were talking about the door that leads into the bathroom. When I was first reading this article, I thought you meant the stall doors. This could cause some definate confusion for your readers.

    Thanks alot!

  • Kerrie (View Email) on May 9, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    I do not go to that school but i go to Green Bay West High in Wisconsin, and the school has decided to take the doors on ALL the bathrooms off. the students are very upset concidering that we dont have any problems in the bathrooms. the assisten principle cant even tell me why. safety procutions for the future she said. as i continued to talk to her she said there was no graffti problems or anything else that would be a problem. taking the doors off is crazy and so i started a petition almost 2 days ago for students, staff and parents and i already have over 150 people who signed it. i will take this as far as i possibly can because it shouldnt be.

  • Mark on December 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM
    not really sure how why i had to read the majority of the article before i knew which mcps school was being discussed, but anyway... obviously this is going to help because with no doors, use of the stalls will cease all together. the obvious outcome of this is for all students to start using bathrooms upstairs. i suppose they might as well install all urinals in the mens' and convert the ladies' to an office. in my opinion they need to just suck it up and deal with the graffiti.
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