Teacher removes mirrors from girls' bathroom

Mirrors at Ohio school replaced with positive messages

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Teacher Removes Mirrors From Girls' Bathroom


A 7th grade teacher at a school in Ohio has replaced the mirrors in the girls' toilets with signs carrying positive messages.

"They're all uplifting and powerful quotes to say how beautiful you are and you don't need a mirror to see how beautiful you are because you're beautiful inside and out," student Reagan Hamilton said.

The positive messages started with teacher Rosalind Koop. She said: "I felt like I needed to create something where I could help girls boost their self-esteem and confidence."

So last year she started a girl empowerment class and club, called "Real Girls Stand Strong." It's now in its second year and has grown from 20 girls to almost 50.

"Personally, I've seen them be kind to each other and lift each other up and work well with one another," Koop added.

Messages a hit with students

8th grader Korie Johnson said: "Usually you would go in the bathroom and look in the mirror... Now there's no need.

"Before I was in this club, I didn't really think I was very pretty or very smart or anything. They're all uplifting and powerful quotes to say how beautiful you are and you don't need a mirror.

"I was like, you know what, I am beautiful. I am smart. I do get good grades."

School Principal Jerry Cline said he loves the change he's seeing: "Besides the signs in the hallway, you see that positive vibe is kind of spreading like wildfire in our building."


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