NE senator apologizes after falsely accusing Nebraska schools of using litter boxes
LINCOLN, Neb.-- Several Midwest School Districts are trying to clear up any misconceptions or rumors about a conspiracy theory regarding students who supposedly "identify as cats and dogs."
On Monday morning, Nebraska Senator Bruce L. Bostelman of Brainard, spoke on the floor of the State Legislature, saying he was “shocked” that school officials are allowing students to dress up as “furries,” allowing them to communicate by 'meowing' and/or 'barking', and even asking for litter boxes in the bathrooms.
Bostelman had said he has been told by Millard-area parents that a student, dressed as a cat, had asked for a litter box, and when that request was denied, had defecated on a floor.
“How is that sanitary?” Bostelman asked. “How can schools allow this to happen?”
Bostelman claimed that this was happening in Omaha and Seward, with Senator Steve Halloran, chiming in, that Adams Central Schools also had a furry problem.
School officials from all districts have declared this as an 'ugly rumor' in their statements about such claims.
The superintendent for Midland Public Schools in Michigan are trying to clear up any misconceptions or rumors about a conspiracy theory regarding students who supposedly identify as cats.
Superintendent Michael E. Sharrow, denounced the claim as completely false and made up.
“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,” Sharrow wrote. “It is such a source of disappointment that I felt the necessity to communicate this message to you.”
Dr. Josh Fields, the superintendent of Seward Public Schools also denounced the accusation stating, “this is ridiculous”.
Shawn Scott, the superintendent of Adams Central Schools released a statement earlier this year in February denying the rumor.
Later Monday afternoon, Senator Lynn Walz, who is the head of the Legislature’s Education Committee, contacted several schools and found the rumor of furries and litter boxes in the bathrooms, to be false.
Senator Bostelman issued an apology Monday evening, stating;
“It was just something I felt that if this really was happening, we needed to address it and address it quickly,” Bostelman said. “We wanted to put an end to it" and "to make sure it wasn’t happening here.”