Parents left outraged after school installed unisex toilets over the holidays without consulting them first
- St Eugene College constructed unisex toilets over the school holidays
- Parents were only informed when their children came home complaining
- The principal said the school would assign separate boys and girls toilets
Parents have been left furious after their children returned to school find unisex toilets had been installed without teachers consulting them.
St Eugene College, north of Brisbane, recently built the gender-neutral toilets into it’s Marian building for its year 3 and 4 students.
It was only when students came home complaining about the toilets that parents were finally aware of the change, according to the Courier Mail.
Parents said they were furious after their children discovered they would now have to use gender-neutral toilets at St Eugene College
St Eugene College principal Marisa Dann sent a letter to parents on Thursday that said the move was a trial and compared the situation to toilets used in family homes.
Parents said they had a range of concerns including hygiene and the potential for sexual assault, but felt forced to complain in secret as they feared backlash from their own children.
‘None of the parents were told, none of them were consulted, it was a tyrannical move,’ a mother said.
‘I have no issue with them building a unisex toilet block; my issue 100 per cent lies with the fact that it’s the only option available for my child.’
After several complaints Ms Dann back-flipped on the move and said in another letter to parents that the school would assign girls and boys toilets from Monday.
But parents complained that the toilets were still in the same complex, which would make the policing the use of each cubicle difficult.
‘There’s still a space at the top of the cubicle, you could still stand, or climb, and see right over,’ a parent said.
It comes after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk killed off a plan to introduce unisex toilets into Fortitude Valley State Secondary College.
She claimed that boys and girls should have separate private spaces.
St Eugene College has been contacted by the Daily Mail Australia for comment.
After several complaints the principal then agreed to assign girls and boys toilets from Monday