'Furries panic': GOP candidate's claims of schools lowering cafeteria tables for 'furries' is false, Round Rock ISD says
Round Rock ISD schools are not lowering cafeteria tables for students who identify as "furries," contrary to a viral Twitter claim by Texas House District 136 candidate Michelle Evans.
Evans, a GOP primary candidate for the district that spans across North Austin through Leander, said in a tweet that tables were being lowered at some middle and high schools "to allow 'furries' to more easily eat without utensils or their hands (ie, like a dog eats from a bowl."
"Furries," which fall under a wide-ranging and mysterious subculture of people who are interested in or identify as anthropomorphic animals, appear to have been brought up in talks about public schools ever since a Kentucky grandmother said her children were being bullied by people with cat ears and tails who "would hiss at you, scratch at you if you do something they don't like."
Cafeteria tables are being lowered in certain @RoundRockISD middle and high schools to allow “furries” to more easily eat without utensils or their hands (ie, like a dog eats from a bowl)
— Michelle Evans for TX (@ThinkerMichelle) January 23, 2022
Round Rock ISD has since debunked the claim. In fact, RRISD chief of public affairs Jenny LaCoste-Caputo has told multiple news outlets that tables "don't even have the option of lowering" after answering what she called "the strangest media question of the year."
While it may seem a strange standalone claim to make, Evans seems to be reflecting a "furries panic" that has gripped certain right-wing talking spheres since at least August.
This is public education. https://t.co/5W5p2jTDjj
— Michael Quinn Sullivan🇺🇸 (@MQSullivan) January 22, 2022
Claims have since become more sensationalized: an Idaho talk radio station claimed that nearby school districts were exempting students who identify as animals from doing homework because of their "claws and hooves," while a Michigan school was ridiculed after some claimed that litter boxes would be introduced for students who identify as furries.
All school districts have denied these claims. Evans has since said she has no comment on the tweet, which she said came from a report from an unnamed parent.
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