No, Salem-Keizer did not allow a student who identifies as a cat to bring a litter box to school

Sept. 2022: Across the country, from New York to Iowa and Texas, false rumors about students identifying as cats and using litter boxes swept through districts this spring.

The New York Times, USA TODAY, Politifact, Reuters and Snopes, among other publications, wrote articles confirming the claims were unfounded.

Yet it seems the rumor has reached Oregon, with recent gossip asserting Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials approved a student’s request to self-identify as a cat and allowed litter boxes in the restrooms of Sprague High School.

The spread of these rumors has been laughed off by many but is a point of concern for others.

Some who have believed the false rumors continue to cite them as an example of school districts going too far with so-called identity politics, drawing a connection between the litter box claims to schools allowing transgender students to use the restroom of their choice.

Read the full story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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