TSB staff had recently received inquiries from residents of the community asking us to check into rumors that were floating about town with regard to happenings at McKinney North High School. We decided to do just that.
TSB received word that the doors which lead from the hallways into the student restrooms had been taken off on Friday, Jan. 6, because teens were having sex and using drugs in the restrooms.
Here is the real story.
Cody Cunningham, Chief Communications Officer for McKinney Independent School District, told TSB that the decision to remove the doors from the restrooms had been made weeks prior to them actually being removed on Friday, Jan. 6. Cunningham said that North’s Principal, Jimmy Spann, told him that the doors were removed as a preventative measure so that the teachers and staff at the high school are better able to hear the occurrence of fights, or other problematic behaviors, in the restrooms.
Cunningham said that a lot of new high schools are designed without doors – it’s simply a step to prevent student behavior from getting out of hand.
“The SRO’s (School Resource Officers) prefer not to have doors on the restrooms so they have a better opportunity to hear fights breaking out in the restrooms,” Cunningham said. It’s easier to catch the perpetrators in action and take disciplinary measures if there is no main door to have to get through first Cunningham further explained.
Cunningham told TSB that there were no specific issues, such as drug use or an increase in pregnancy on the campus, that precipitated the removal of the restroom doors. He further stated that because of the way the entrances to the restrooms are designed, there are no privacy issues for students.
“The removal of the main doors to the restrooms is a preventative measure to create a positive climate,” Cunningham stated.
Coincidentally, on that same Friday, Jan. 6, Principal Spann had spoken to each of the classes at MNHS, separated by gender, about the unacceptable increase in public displays of affection (PDA) between students on campus. Spann addressed the subject, reminding students that PDA are inappropriate on campus and the district does not condone such behavior.