Hastings' schools should apply common sense instead of rules when girls have periods

From: Josie Lawson, Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards

Friday, 12th October 2018, 10:54 am
Updated Friday, 12th October 2018, 1:16 pm

With regards the article by Laura Cooke entitled ‘Fury as school refuses to let girl use loo during her period’ in the Hastings Observer dated Friday, September 28, 2018.

I feel very much for this young girl and her mother, plus any other families and girls within this school.

Hastings Academy stated they issued the young girl a ‘toilet pass’ the following day. When this young girl had this problem, they said they would need a medical certificate.

How ridiculous and embarrassing, humiliating is this. A young girl starting a period, whether first or later in life, should be respected without thought. A period in young girls is a natural event, but for a first one, can be a very frightening experience.

That building was my school, Hastings Secondary Modern School for Girls.

If I remember correctly, there were rules. But back then they had a nurse’s room – any problems, not only the pupil, but teachers, would seek their help.

Surely a period is and should be respected without hesitation, common sense instead of rules.