It’s insane. Twelve?? I’d’ve died of humiliation if my mother had accompanied me to the bathroom at age 12.
Like everything, it’s a reaction to news and the zeitgeist of the moment. I notice that it is from a Catholic church. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church, in the past 15 years, has had a LOT of association in the media, and the public mind, with child sexual abuse. Obviously, none of that abuse happened when an 11yo ducked into a bathroom for two minutes, but people don’t think rationally about these things.
Doubtless, everyone who works in administration in any Catholic church now feels like they have to be so over-the-top, totally beyond any normal limits, “protective” that they can escape the shadow of that. I mean obviously, my five-year-old uses the bathroom alone in his elementary school every day. Churches are having a moment.
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