GILLETTE, Wyo. — Campbell County School District Trustee Linda Bricker announced at tonight’s board meeting that she has received “quite a number” of phone calls from people asking whether “furries” and litter boxes are in the district’s schools.
Furries are people who are interested in anthropomorphic art and cartoons and may identify with or adopt characteristics of a species of nonhuman animal, according to the abstract of the “Furries from A to Z (Anthropomorphism to Zoomorphism)” article that was published in August 2008 in the journal Society and Animals. Some furries dress up in costumes.
“I just want you to know that our school district does not allow furries or litter boxes in the classrooms or the bathrooms. If there is something like that going on, we want to know about it. Because nobody seems to be able to peg this and say ‘This is happening here,'” Bricker said. “So we want to squelch this rumors that this has been going around on — I don’t do Facebook anymore, obviously, but these different social medias, and it needs to come to a stop.”
Costumes are only allowed in school on special occasions, like Spirit Week, School Board Chair Anne Ochs said. Elementary school students are allowed to dress up for Halloween, she said.