A school's absolutely baffling policy on bathroom trips led a 12-year-old to bleed through her pants.
Some time ago, Redditor p_i_see_you shared a true period horror story that is awful not simply because blood and embarrassment but because the school where this took place is borderline abusive. In great length, p_i_see_you explained how her 12-year-old daughter bled through her pants on her period. This happened because the girl had already used up her allowed bathroom trips.
The school, because it's a "safety issue," only allows kids a very small number of bathroom trips during class time. Otherwise, they can hit the toilet during the three whole minutes between classes. If these kids fancy taking a calming crap during lunch, that's not allowed. As the parent's story will describe, going to the bathroom can result in detention. There may be a lot of text here but stick with it because the crazy keeps coming.
So, my daughter is 12 and is in middle school. 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. IMO, a 12 year old girl shouldn't have to stand up in front of her class and tell everyone she's on her period. She was pretty upset and apologized, I'm more upset the school would allow this. There is nothing in the school policy about this five time bathroom limit, the kids only have 3 minutes in between classes, she's not allowed to go during lunch, and if she gets too many detentions she's off her softball team! When did schools agree that going to the bathroom is a privledge and not a right?!