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Some Schools Doing Away With Gym Showers

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Could required showers after gym class be a thing of the past for high school students?

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Julie Mann reports, privacy concerns are among the reasons cited by teens who, along with their parents, are putting pressure on certain school districts to do away with showers after gym class.

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Some school districts have heeded worries about cell phone cameras in locker rooms, or just the “weirdness,” as one student put it, of showering with fellow classmates. Others are concerned about lawsuits from parents who have their own unsettling locker room stories.

For these reasons, some school districts have decided to drop the practice altogether.

But the Orlando Sentinel reports health advocates agree teens who go from skin-to-skin contact out on the gym floor to class could spread dangerous infectious diseases, such as staphylococcus, ringworm or MRSA.