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.
Let’s consider for one second that maybe the signage exists not only for the purposes of making sure your child is safe, but also to insure that they are not trashing bathrooms and flushing toys down toilets costing a business greatly with extensive repairs. Saying our concern is for you children is a far more polite than posting a sign saying “Please accompany you child to the bathroom because some of your children haven’t been taught to behave”
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