CARROLL, IOWA – Schools in this small Iowa town are not placing litter boxes in their bathrooms for kids that claim to be “furries” and it is all a nasty rumor, the school Superintendent claims.
The Carroll Community School District Superintendent, Casey Burlau, sent a letter to concerned citizens in the hopes of “dispelling a damaging rumor” that there are children identifying as animals (some call them “furries”) and the district has tried to accommodate them with litter boxes.
“This is simply and emphatically not true,” Burlau wrote. “Staff members are not encouraging or accommodating anyone behaving or identifying as a cat or any other animal. It is very unfortunate that this rumor has been spread over the last several weeks.”
The rumors have been spread by certain individuals on social media in Iowa and other states and have mostly been de-bunked as right-wing attempts to curry outrage and attention and possibly to disparage certain students.
However, the furry phenomena is big for kids on social media. WikiHow offers a course on “How to Be a Furry” apparently for anyone.
“The furry fandom is a large, inclusive community based on a love of anthropomorphic animals,” according to WikiHow. “These are animals that talk, walk on 2 legs, and behave like humans. If you want to celebrate your fanship and express yourself creatively as a furry, welcome aboard! Once you develop a fursona, start interacting with other furries online and in real life, through conventions and local meetup groups. Explore your creative interests and see how they tie into the furry community, whether it means creating fan art or fursuiting.”