In another politically correct move designed to appease radical gender activists, a new Brisbane High School has plans to have Year 12 boys mix with Year 7 girls in a ‘gender neutral’ bathroom facility.
Fortitude Valley State Secondary College will be the first of school its kind in Queensland without specifically designed boys' and girls' separate bathrooms in a bold move that has been slammed by parents and experts.
The Department of Education has confirmed all toilets at the $80 million vertical high school will be unisex, with the exception of two male and female toilets in change room facilities in the St Paul's Terrace precinct, which won't open until later in 2020.
Year seven students starting high school at the new Brookes Street precinct next month will have access to 12 lockable, self-contained unisex cubicles which all have hand basins, in addition to disabled facilities.
Parents and experts have expressed opposition to the proposal. It has been labelled ridiculous and unsafe for students.
'We already know some really bad things happen to kids in bathroom areas of schools – bullying, sexting, kids recording on mobiles, these things already go on when they're just within their own sex, and then you're adding in an extra element,' said Michelle Mitchell, a parent and education expert.
A spokesperson for the department said the toilets “meet contemporary design standards in relation to accessibility, inclusivity, privacy and safety.”
Reactions on social media have been divided. The safety of girls verses the feelings of gender fluid students was one contentious argument.
When asked about the plan Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, ““I think in our high schools we should have facilities available for both boys and girls.” She promised to raise the issue with the department.
Kirralie Smith, Binary spokeswoman, said the plan is unnecessary and does place students at risk.
“There is no harm in having one or two unisex toilets as an option for students. However, to force all girls, from the vulnerable ages of 12-18years to share an intimate and private space with boys of the same age is a recipe for disaster. The safety and well-being of all students must not be sacrificed for the sake of political correctness.”