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New policy at Florida school puts time limit on bathroom visits

School leaders say students were abusing hall passes

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ZEPHYRHILLS. Fla. – A controversial bathroom policy at a Florida high school is sparking backlash from students.

The policy requires students at Zephyrhills High School in Pasco County to be escorted to the bathroom and limits the amount of time they can be there.

School leaders said the policy had to be enacted due to students abusing hall passes.

Parents however, said it presents a big problem since there are only five escorts for the school's 1,500 students.

The controversial policy put the school at odds with the Pasco County superintendent, who urged the principal to come up with an alternative solution.

The principal did make some changes, saying "Privilege Passes" will be given out to students who have not had disciplinary or academic issues.