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This is the most disturbing story Gothamist has read all day: Kids at some New York City school avoiding going to the bathroom all day not because of that really mean fourth year senior smoking a pack of Camels, but because of dirty and ill-repaired school bathrooms, some of which don't even have toilet paper. A junior tells the Times, "I just try to wait till I get home." Eva Moskowitz, head of the City Council Education Committee, finds that parents are more interested in finding out the state of the bathrooms rather than cover the math curriculum. One parent says about the awful conditions of his child's bathrooms, partly created by the students themselves, "If you treat these kids like animals, they behave like animals."

Bad bathrooms are not limited to NYC public schools: Modesto has similar, if not as dire, problems. Hazards of not taking enough bathroom breaks and bathroom worries for kids.