An angry Reddit user took to the social media platform to express her frustration after her daughter was told she couldn’t use the bathroom when she started her period during class.
In the post, Reddit user p_i_see_you explains that her daughter started her period in class and came home from school with blood running down her leg. When asked why she didn’t go to the bathroom, the student explain that she was afraid she would get detention.
“So, my daughter is 12 and is in middle school,” the Reddit user explained. “Today she came home and told me that she started her period and bled through her pants. When I asked why she didn't go to the bathroom, she said she already used her five time limit for the nine weeks. I asked what happens after she used up the five times, she said that she would get detention. She said she asked the teacher but the teacher told her no unless she wanted to explain why she needed to go.”
The angry mom went on to explain that the school district doesn’t have a policy about bathroom limits and that it was only the teacher, and during a conversation with the assistant principal, she seemed to not get anywhere.
“So, you feel that three minutes is enough time to get all her books together, go to the bathroom, deal with her feminine issue and then get to the next class?” the woman asked the assistant principal.
“Well, you could always email her teachers and explain the situation but again, they don't have to abide by that,” the assistant principal told her. “But the female teachers are pretty sensitive about feminine issue.”
“But what does my child even have to say anything?” the angry mom asked. “She's 12, why does she have to stand in front of the classroom and tell the teacher in front of 30 students and say she's having her period?”
“Well, some kids could take advantage of it,” the assistant principal responded.
The user said she then went to the district’s office and explained to the assistant superintendent what exactly happened. The assistant superintendent made clear that they didn’t have a district-wide policy on bathroom breaks and said it seemed like the teacher didn’t use “common sense.”
“He apologized for what happened to my daughter and then stated that there was no bathroom policy for the district because he said that there shouldn't be a policy on something that is common sense,” the user explained. “He said that she shouldn't have to say that she is having a feminine issue, all she needs to say is that she is having an emergency. He said, granted that she couldn't take advantage of it and that if it was becoming a problem, that she might need to be seen by a doctor.”
As of the latest update, the Reddit user explained that the situation was sorted out with school administration and the teacher in question.
What do you think of this Reddit user’s story? Was the teacher wrong for denying the student access to the bathroom?