"I’ve never been called about her behavior before and she has never been in trouble, so I think it’s absolutely ridiculous," the girl's mother said
Many might have wondered why there are so many 'Anti Menstrual Shaming' campaigns online and it is incidents like this that prove why it needs to continue. A furious mother has claimed that her daughter, who was on her period at school, was told that she was not allowed to use the toilet and then punished for going anyway, reported Metro.
The incident happened at Valley Park School, Maidstone, Kent, where a 15-year-old student having her periods was told to ‘sit back down’ when she stood up and begged to go to the washroom. To make matters worse, she was put into seclusion for the rest of the day. "When my daughter first told me what happened I thought, 'There’s no way you’d get put into seclusion for just asking to go to the toilet,' but I got the same story from my daughter as I did the teacher. She didn’t want to go to school at all the next day. I’ve never been called about her behavior before and she has never been in trouble, so I think it’s absolutely ridiculous," the mother said, according to Metro.
The mother further revealed that when she reached out to the school to question their decision, a member of staff explained that it was a strict policy that applied to all and told her that each teacher can make an "individual judgement". "I spoke to the head of the year and said, “From one woman to another, surely you understand why she left the classroom? The member of staff just said to me as a teacher, if she needed to go to the toilet, she wouldn’t be able to leave the classroom unattended. There’s no way I believe a teacher would have stood there for the whole hour lesson when they needed to go in the same situation. They would have called a superior or a colleague to cover them," the mother said, according to Metro.
Headteacher Margaret Hutchinson stated that the school would "never deny any student access to our bathroom facilities" and said, "But we do ask that students make every effort to do this during break and lunchtime to minimise disruption to lessons." She explained that in this case, the student was asked to wait because the break had just gotten over. "Unfortunately" she left the classroom without permission and It was this behaviour of hers that resulted in the internal seclusion. Hutchinson further said, "We make every effort to be understanding when students need to use the facilities for specific reasons, however, it is our policy that the class teacher will make a judgement based on the individual circumstances," reported Metro.
She added, "We have spoken with this student and her mother regarding the particular incident and have explained our rationale for the seclusion – this was because of her disrespect to a member of staff upon leaving the classroom, without permission."