These comments kind of made me pause:
|As for sex in the bathrooms...so they have sex under the bleachers? Or in cars in the parking lots? Or in the custodian's closet? Or on the stage/behind the curtains in the theatre? Kids will have sex at school if they want, but it will still be the minority of kids so I guess I don't know why two incidents in a two year span (that's really miniscule) would penalize the rest of the students from accessing the bathroom or the drink fountain or taking a break from the class as they desire or need.
IIRC, Flor teaches at a middle school. Depending on the state she's in, students who have sex may be committing a status offense, even if the sex is consensual. Thus, the activity in question is considered a crime on school property and is a very big deal. But even at a high school, two incidents in which students are caught having sex in bathrooms in two years is far from miniscule.
If two got caught, how many more are doing it? What kind of risks are they taking in the process? If the involved students are not legally competent to consent, will the school be held liable? Was this behavior enabled or potentially enabled by a criminal or negligent act on the part of the school or its staff? Is it an indicator of other problems? Are students trading sexual favors for drugs? Is there hazing involved? How often are students exposed to these activities? Does involuntary exposure of uninvolved students constitute a violation of the school's obligation to provide a safe learning environment? (and if students are encountering other students engaging in sexual activity in bathrooms, the answer is "yes.") Who discovered the students, and did they intervene in an appropriate way? Did that person, intentially or unintentionally, behave in a way that might subject them to accusations of misconduct?
Some kids will have sex at school. Schools, however, really don't want them doing it there. And there's absolutely no way to tell from looking at the student body or at their cumulative discipline records which students are going to cause problems (like destroying a bathroom or having sex in it) while the faculty isn't looking directly at them.
Many posters have reported school bathroom policies which I think are ludicrous, but as much as possible, teachers do have to keep students in class, where they learn things under adult supervision, rather than in the bathroom, where they don't have the opportunity to learn and aren't supervised. It's easy to pick on public schools for having stupid policies, but there is a purpose to them.
Finally, while adults have more power than most students do, most of us do not get to take a break from our jobs as we "desire or need." I teach, so I personally basically never get an unscheduled break (I use the bathroom during lunch and between classes, just like I ask students to). But other jobs wouldn't allow me the degree of freedom the above poster describes either. Sure, I could get up from my desk and stretch, or take a short walk, but I couldn't take a 5-minute break from a meeting with a client or supervisor just because I felt like it. And I couldn't take 6 unscheduled 5- minute breaks, in addition to my scheduled breaks and lunch, every single day without being asked to provide some kind of documentation of need or explanation for my activities.