Fact Check: Michigan School District Did NOT Put Cat Litter Boxes In School Bathrooms For 'Furry' Kids

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: Michigan School District Did NOT Put Cat Litter Boxes In School Bathrooms For 'Furry' Kids No Evidence

Did a Michigan school district put cat litter boxes in school bathrooms for students who identify as "furries"? No, that's not true: The claim was made with no proof. The person who made the claim said it was something they had heard, not something they had seen. The superintendent of Michigan's Midland Public Schools said it was false and just a viral rumor.

The claim was made in a video published on Facebook on January 27, 2022 (archived here), under the title "This is the type of crap going on in Blue states πŸ°πŸ•³"

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Jan 28 17:44 2022 UTC)

At just past the 33:50 mark in a video recording of a Midland (Michigan) Public Schools board of education meeting on December 20, 2021, Lisa Hansen claimed that:

There are kids that identify as a furry. A cat or a dog, whatever. And so, yesterday I heard that at least one of our schools in our town has in one of the unisex bathrooms a litter box for the kids that identify as cats. And I am really disturbed by that.

She offered no evidence, including the person she heard it from nor the name of anyone else who had directly observed a kitty litter box in a public school. Lead Stories searched online, finding no report of a witness saying they saw it or photographed it.

Michael E. Sharrow, the superintendent of Midland Public Schools, wrote in an email: "Let me be clear in this communication. There is no truth whatsoever to this false statement/accusation! There have never been litter boxes within MPS schools." The email is posted on the Midland City/County Police/EMS Scanner Watch Group Facebook community website (archived here).

It looked like this at the time of writing:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Jan 28 17:43 2022 UTC)

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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