An east London primary school has provoked a furious backlash from parents after it introduced same-sex toilets for pupils over the age of eight.  
The controversy arose after a new £12m building at Leytonstone’s Buxton School was equipped with the gender-neutral bathrooms.
Despite a petition protesting against the new toilets having nearly 700 signatures on Sunday, the school’s headteacher Kath Wheeler welcomed the change. 
She said the full-height unisex toilets created a safe space where pupils show respect towards each other and feel respected, according to the East London and West Essex Guardian. 
She also noted the toilets meet Department of Education and Waltham Forest council regulations.
However, parents suggested it would leave children vulnerable to sexual abuse or premature sexualisation. 
“There’s already so much child abuse going on and this will increase the situation even more. If anything does happen then the headteacher and other associates will be fully responsible. Totally disgusting,” one parent wrote on …