‘Standing room only’ school
It’s an entirely new definition of “Standing Room Only.” Or perhaps a new measure of “equality” has arrived.
Whatever it is, it has sparked a huge political debate at a school in Kristiansand, Norway, according to the Norwegian paper F?drelandsvennen.
The trigger for the explosion of opinion? A decision in the local district that schoolboys must sit on toilet seats when urinating, not stand.
According to the news report, the rule was announced for boys at Dvergsnes School, prompting outrage from Vidar Kleppe, the chief of The Democrats Party.
He’s accusing the school of “fiddling with God’s work,” and now he wants the issue discussed at the executive committee level of the area council, according to the newspaper “Dagbladet.”
“When boys are not allowed to pee in the natural way, the way boys have done for generations, it is meddling with God’s work,” Kleppe, whose group is a splinter group of former Progress Party hardliners, said in the newspaper.
“It is a human right not to have to sit down like a girl,” he said.
On Kleppe’s contentious “stand” on making political waves, no comment was the response from school principal Lise Gjul.
But she did tell Norwegian Broadcasting NRK that the restrooms are used by both boys and girls, and the young boys are not “good enough at aiming” in order to have “a pleasant toilet.”
School officials are still listening to opinions on the issue.
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