School refuses to let 11-year-old use the toilet on her first period and demands doctor's certificate for toilet pass
A spokesman said The Hastings Academy does have a practice of issuing toilet passes which was introduced to avoid the abuse of toilet breaks during lesson time
While most educational institutions are trying to be more aware of the physical conditions of their female pupils, The Hastings Academy in Essex Sussex seems to have gone back to being strict beyond logic. An 11-year-old girl was compelled to return home in blood-stained clothes after her teachers refused to allow her to use the washroom during her first period.
The grade seven pupil's mother wasted no time in slamming the staff at The Hastings Academy, who had told the pupil that she would require a toilet pass to allow her out during the lessons. However, in order to get the pass, she would have to get a doctor's certificate which costs almost £15. The mother claimed that the doctors too were "gobsmacked" and completely take aback when the mother demanded a certificate.
Although the doctor did give out the certificate, the mother still mentioned, "I cannot see why I am paying £15 for my daughter to use the toilet for something that is no fault of her own."
Periods tend to disturb the usual bowel movements and other habits. Due to an increase in prostaglandins, the uterus contracts to expel its lining. As a result, cramps begin and with the increase in the level of prostaglandins, the pain gets more severe. As a result, the body tends to release the retained fluid which causes women to pee more at the time.
Since, having periods for the first time for any girl can be a shocking, embarrassing and sometimes strange experience, the incident at school has certainly left the girl anxious. Her mother claimed that her first period began on Saturday and even on Monday morning she was not feeling well. "I said she could have the day off school, but she wanted to go."
Besides the obvious, this is outrageous. Shame on #HastingsAcademy for this. Who needs a bloody doctors note to use a toilet? What are you teaching our kids?? How much pressure is on GP’s already that they have time for toilet passes? What the hell is going on?— Russ The Bus (@russ_the_bus) September 28, 2018
She also mentioned that her daughter was scared that she would have to clean any stain on the chair (caused by her blood) with her skirt. The mother noted that she was asked by two female staff members what actions the doctor would take for the girl's period flow. "I said I did not agree with giving my daughter something to stop something which is natural being a woman." She added: "I also raised a concern about staff members smoking outside."
However, a spokesman for the University of Brighton Academies Trust which ran The Hastings Academy apologized for the "upset caused".
@hastingsacademy what century are you in?? Women are dying around the world in name of equality,you impose a humiliating toilet ban on a girl starting period, leaving her sitting in blood. THE Head should roll for this. Not good enough! #hastingsacademy— sharon biggs (@biggssharon) September 28, 2018
"Students' welfare is our paramount concern and staff at all of our academies work extremely hard to ensure their safety, comfort, and well-being. We do have a practice of issuing toilet passes at The Hastings Academy. This was introduced to avoid the abuse of toilet breaks during lesson time."
He added: "We initiated a system of toilet passes to counter this problem and this has succeeded in addressing the issue." The spokesman also mentioned that medical certificates were required only in certain circumstances, "but we accept they are an additional cost".