By Sophia Dorsainvil-Johnson ‘16
One of the most unsanitary places in BLA is the bathroom. This is because they are so dirty and gross that we proceed with caution. Often times, school bathrooms lack resources we need. There is always a shortage of toilet paper and paper towels. There can be unspeakable things left to marinate in the toilets and unmentionable liquids soaking on the floors. One student speaks of her experiences in the girls’ bathrooms: “It’s a struggle. The girls are basically using one roll of toilet paper for all the stalls. I agree that the bathrooms are nasty! When you enter, you are entering a world with clogged toilets, strips of dirty toilet paper on the floor, water from the overflowed toilets on the ground, etc.” says Shakeena Crooks ‘16. The boy’s bathroom is also a place no one wants to be in. “Just the other day a friend said he would never go to the bathroom in the school again because of “the lack of toilet paper, paper towels, soap, and ignored puddles of urine,” says Adil Fernandez ‘16.
As a result of these conditions, many students don’t use the bathroom at all during the day. This can be harmful to their kidneys. The longer you hold in your urine, the more your bladder becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. These can cause infections and spread to the kidneys, which can cause kidney failure. Kidney failure can ultimately lead to death. Despite these unnerving facts, students will continue to hold in their urine until bathrooms are clean enough to use.
Unsanitary bathrooms can also lead to the spread of diseases. The majority of bacteria in bathrooms are from fecal matter. This bacteria can include Streptococcus, and E.coli. These have been known to cause strep throat and even bloody diarrhea. Although these facts can be unsettling, there is a way to prevent this from happening.
An easy and helpful way to stop the spread of germs can be to flush the toilets instead of leaving it for the janitors to clean up. If the school were to provide each bathroom with a plunger, students would be able to fix the problem themselves, instead of leaving their waste in the toilet bowl for the next unlucky victim to see. Also, the school should supply the bathrooms with sufficient amounts of toilet paper and paper towels, while the students can do their share by not wasting them.
If these problems were fixed and bathroom sanitary levels are maintained, more people would be less reluctant to use the bathrooms during school hours, thus reducing the amount of people who bust through the front door of their houses in a rush to get to their own bathrooms.