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Donte Palmer isn’t the only dad who’s had to squat on a dirty restroom floor to change his baby’s diaper.

He’s just the newest face of a movement that’s been going on for quite a while: to install baby-changing stations in men’s bathrooms.

The 31-year-old high school teacher was at a steakhouse in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife and three sons, when 1-year-old Liam started to cry. Palmer knew the boy needed a diaper change.

So he did what had to be done: He picked up his baby, recruited his eldest – 12-year-old Isaiah – and headed for the men’s room.

Palmer assumed the position, which he calls “my perfect man squat.” He had his back against the wall, knees out and used his thighs as a platform for Liam to lay across. Isaiah acted as an extra set of hands: both to give the wipes and new diaper and, on this day, to snap a few shots of his dad and his brother.

Palmer later posted the photos on his Instagram and captioned it: “What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!…Let’s fix this problem!” He used the hashtag #squatforchange.

Since then, the photo has gotten thousands of likes and other dads have also started to post photos of their diaper-changing struggles using the hashtag.

“In society, we have this thing where men are supposed to be macho providers and protectors, while women are the nurturing and caring ones. I’m trying to shred that,” Palmer said.

This isn’t a new issue

Men have been struggling to change diapers in public for years, and it’s been a part of the public conversation. In 2016, President Obama signed a Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act, or the BABIES Act, which requires diaper-changing tables in all restrooms in public federal buildings, like courthouses and post offices.

According to the law, if a bathroom doesn’t have a changing table, hallway signs must direct parents to the nearest facilities.

But federal buildings aside, many public men’s rooms still don’t have diaper-changing facilities.

Palmer’s advice? “Keep squatting. Be creative. Stay innovative when it comes to our children.”

DES MOINES, Iowa–  Des Moines Police say since 2010 calls for service to all Des Moines Public Schools are up 24%.

The latest one was last week, police were called to McCombs Middle School on reports of a fight.

“She did not go to school the next two days because she was scare of retaliation, there is a problem,” parent Season Ford said.

The fight was captured by students, it shows a group of boys fighting in the hallway at McCombs Middle, and faculty members rushing to break it up.

Parents say the fight forced the school on lockdown.

“She was scared to death she did not know what was going on outside her classroom,” parent Sherry Rivas said.

According to the police report, upon arrival faculty had already broken up the fight.

“I am very proud of our staff and how they responded. They handled things appropriately,” DMPS Superintendent Thomas Ahart said.

The district says no weapons were found, three students were involved and two were taken to a juvenile detention center.

“That’s not O.K., we should not be arresting our middle school students we shouldn’t have to worry about our kids coming home saying, there was another fight at school, the cops were there,” parent Season Ford said.

We pulled total calls for service for an academic school year and learned this is not the first time officers have responded McCombs Middle School.

29 days into the 2018 school year and police have been called to McCombs 13 times, that is nearly 1 call every other day.

In all of 2017, there were 59 calls that’s up slightly from 2016.

Parents tell us the fight in the hallway was one of several at the school that day.

The school district could not confirm or deny additional altercations.

The district also couldn’t confirm if the school was in fact placed on lockdown or how faculty is trained to respond to student assaults.

The district says we are exploiting the students in the video by asking questions about parent concerns.