Michigan school shoots down rumor that students use litter boxes in bathrooms

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A claim made at a meeting of the Midland (MI) public school board was strongly refuted by the district superintendent on Thursday.

In a message sent to the Michigan school community by Superintendent Michael Sharrow, he denied litter boxes were kept in bathrooms for “foggy” students. This rumor spread after a clip emerged of a Dec. 20 school board meeting where a resident made the claim.

“There is no truth in this false statement/accusation! There have never been litter boxes in MPS schools,” Sharrow said. “It is such a source of disappointment that I felt the need to convey this message to you.”


At the meeting, Midland resident Lisa Kawiecki Hansen said she had heard about the litter boxes from children, and that they were for children who “identified as cats”. She added that she was “really disturbed” by this and would “continue to investigate”.

According to Merriam Webster, a “hairy” is a person who adorns himself with a costume resembling anthropomorphic animals. Furries will design costumes, make art, and act as characters, and will not identify as animals as Hansen claims.

“In this world of division/litigation that we currently find ourselves in, I ask that if you hear wild accusations that do not sound like something your school board, administration, Midland Public Schools District would be a part of, take a time to message me MPSConnect,” Sharrow said. “The primary purpose of Midland Public Schools was, is, and always will be to educate the children of our community with excellence, integrity, and respect.”

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