Gender-neutral restrooms in United Kingdom schools are resulting in girls holding their bladders all day — which puts them at risk for infections — and staying home from school when they're menstruating because they're embarrassed and feel unsafe in the restrooms with boys, the Daily Mail reported.
But now doctors and politicians are telling schools to stop the unisex restroom idea in order to protect girls from further harm, the Daily Mail said.
Case in point: Deanesfield Primary School in West London — which teaches children up to the age of 11 — installed unisex restrooms this year, and parents told the Express that some children were so embarrassed that they were refusing to urinate at school.
The Express added that one parent, who wished to remain anonymous, told MyLondon: "Making the toilets unisex isn't the issue for me; it's the fact [that] they haven't followed the guidelines which state that unisex toilets must have cubicle walls from floors to ceiling.
"We will be communicating with our parents about the changes made to the school toilets as soon as possible," a spokesperson from Deanesfield Primary School told MyLondon, according to the Express.