The video—reportedly of a girls restroom at Bay High School—shows an unflushed and unclean toilet, doors without latches to close, stalls with no toilet paper and broken sinks.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The video is at the bottom of this story:

PANAMA CITY — Education officials have addressed a video circulating on social media of an unsanitary school restroom.

The video — reportedly of a girls restroom at Bay High School — shows an unflushed toilet, stall doors with no closing latches, stalls with no toilet paper and broken sinks.

 

“No soap in the soap dispensers,” a person in the video said. “There’s one toilet with a toilet seat, I believe.”

In a statement released Thursday, district officials said they “are aware of the video circulating that shows unsanitary conditions in a bathroom scheduled for demolition at Bay High School.”

“We are not making excuses, nor is the principal, but the bathroom will be closed off today since it is not needed and is in disrepair,” the statement read. “We encourage all students to alert administrators if they see situations of concern because we strive to maintain safe, clean, sanitary conditions across the district.”

Bay Principal Billy May also issued a statement.

“I am not going to excuse the embarrassing condition of those bathrooms at Bay High. We use them,” May stated. “We should clean and stock them daily. There is no excuse and I’ll be completely honest, our gym bathrooms were also dirty this weekend.”

May stated earlier this week, the gym restroom situation was brought to his attention by a concerned parent.

“This gentleman was upset, rightfully so, and did something — he notified me. We cleaned the bathroom. We trained and scheduled a new custodian,” May stated. “If our school family were to just give us the notice when something is not right, it would help everyone.”

May also said they are understaffed on their “now in-house” custodial team because “temporary jobs on the Beach are paying more than schools” and as a district, they had 50 support jobs — many of which were full-time — vacant just last week.

“I know my school staff well enough to know that had we known of the dirty bathrooms, we would not have had enough cleaning supplies to arm all of the people who would have stepped up to help. We would roll up our sleeves and get it done because that’s who we are and that’s what we do,” May stated. “Our staff is continuously teaching and caring for our students. They make sure students are safe, nourished, clothed, housed, and most importantly, educated. Staff members notify us of problems when they see them, but unfortunately this one slid by us all.”

May said he had his “mop, scrub brush and plunger and I’m ‘on the job’ ... I hope you’ll do your part towards helping keep our campus clean for our entire school family!”

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