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Furries in the halls. No litter boxes in the bathroom.

Updated: Jun 10, 2022


Parents and community members have been talking about the Furry phenomena in

our schools. These behaviors have many people perplexed, wondering what's going on. Talking to parents and children in our district has confirmed there are students engaging in Furry behaviors. The claim there are litter boxes in the bathrooms turns out to be false, but isn't it interesting that so many lack the confidence in our school leadership they would consider it a possibility?




A simplified explanation of Furries


In the simplest terms, ‘furry’ describes people who create themselves an anthropomorphized animal character with whom they identify. Furries can wear elaborate costumes or simply animal ears or tails. Across the country, groups of adults have been participating in this behavior since the late 1980’s. Most of us had no idea this has been happening, but thanks to the internet, their stories are easily shared and now children have been exposed to these ideas.


In our own district, students have reported fellow classmates acting as furries. No full-body costumes have been seen yet, just the wearing of animal-like ears, tails and collars. The furries may bark, meow and lick their hands, as if they were cleaning paws.


Acting like a dog or cat may be age-appropriate behavior in a preschool room or at recess on an elementary playground. However, when a student claims to identify as an animal in middle school or high school, the behavior is inappropriate and creates an unsafe mental health environment.


As an adult, if you were walking in a mall and an adult approached you wearing a collar, animal ears and/or a tail as they barked like a mad dog or hissed like a cat, would you feel safe? Or would you be concerned the person approaching you with this behavior was mentally ill and you may be in danger?


This is the feeling students recall after being aggressively barked at in the halls at school. It has become a form of bullying that has negatively impacted the climate at our high school and middle school. These behaviors need to be stopped.


Greater Risks


There are real dangers for students participating in the Furries culture. While these students may simply be pushing boundaries or trying to create a group in which they feel they belong, their behavior disrupts the learning environment for both themselves and the other students.


If the behavior continues, it could lead to contact with dangerous adults. Children have been lured and abused by predators using Furries fandom culture to identify vulnerable children and befriend them.


The long-term, mental-health risks of a child identifying as a Furry is significant. A known mind-control technique is to manipulate a person to redefine their identity. Once a person redefines their identity and is accepted as a part of that group, the fear of alienation allows for further manipulation, making it increasingly difficult for the person to recover their identity.


The children playing with Furry culture need help. Their families may not even be aware of the dangers.


COVID Mitigation and Furries


Isolation is a factor that can make a person more vulnerable to suggestion or manipulation. Our children have experienced significant periods of isolation during covid mitigation. This isolation has negatively impacted our children’s mental-health in numerous ways, including making them more susceptible to suggested behavior, such as “furries”.



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Jasper VanOverbeke
Jasper VanOverbeke
Dec 18, 2023

"the fear of alienation allows for further manipulation, making it increasingly difficult for the person to recover their identity" Bulshit, if someone wants to leave the fandom they can. We work to support each other and you just shit on people for being different from you.

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Jennifer Prgomelja
Jennifer Prgomelja
Dec 21, 2023
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Agree--I have questions (my 9 year old is interested in the culture, and its my job as a mom to guide without judgment imo), and the first article Google spits out is full of vaguely hateful fear-mongering with no substance. I am not only offended on behalf of anyone identifying as furry, but also on behalf of anyone "society" labels as "different." If you have any info on a RELIABLE site for parents, please post!

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Aiden
Aiden
Dec 11, 2023

You are talking about otherkins, not furries, who are still not as bad. Yes they may seem a bit strange, but that doesnt mean you have to shit over them. How would you feel if I say "Blond Karens in the halls, no blowjobs in the bathrooms"? Think before you start yapping about how shit others are.

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Mitchell Edgecomb
Mitchell Edgecomb
Dec 10, 2023

The only problem here is you demonizing people for wearing costumes and having fun because they don't "look normal."


Just listen to yourself, furries are employing mind control and manipulation for wearing a suit? No source just your ignorance of course!


Why not start attacking motorcycle clubs for wearing spiked leather attire, what about teens who wear mohawks and get piercings or tattoos?


Typical "I hate anything that isn't straight, white, and buttoned down" fear-mongering


Fuck off conformity police!

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Goose Stoughton
Goose Stoughton
Jun 21, 2023

This is ridiculous this person clearly knows nothing about what a furry is they aren't animals and they dont think they are get your facts straight. 🤦‍♀️

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