Girl suspended for carrying a purse

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Girl suspended for carrying a purse

Here is the article
https://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/galesburg-high-school-carri-harding-purse-ban-feminine-products-principal-roy-van-meter-224309094.html

School correct in their actions? Or should this girl have the right to carry necessities and keep her privacy?

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It is a strange story, seemingly incomplete. I assume she's not the only girl in the school who menstruates, so what do the other girls do?

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I can't recall ever in my school career needing to change my period products so often that I needed to carry a bunch of them in a purse. I rarely ever carried a purse in high school. I kept a tampon in a cute little carrying case in my pencil bag, and I kept backups in my locker and in my car. And the school had vending machines in every single girls' restroom so if I ever got caught unprepared, I could just buy one. In fact, at both of my high schools, there were quarters left on top of the machines just in case someone needed one! If the school has had trouble with weapons being brought to school in bags and cheating being done via cell phones in bags, then the school has a justifiable reason to ban them. I just don't see the mom's outrage over this.

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Everyone is going to be different on this, but I would never have been able to go an entire school day with just one tampon. Not in high school and not now. I do not doubt that there are some girls that could, but certainly not all and probably not most. I also do not think that is healthy or sanitary.

As for going back to your locker, if you only have 3 minutes between class and you locker is on the other side of a large building that is not the answer either. I do think make a size limit on a purse is reasonable, but not banning them all together.

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Given the problems the school is having, it almost seems that the only other option would be to search purses if they were allowed. Would mom prefer that? I certainly wouldn't have preferred someone pawing through my personal hygiene products as a teen....or now really. Then you also run into the problem of it being sexist to allow the girls purses but no bags for the boys, because the girls arent JUST going to carry personal hygiene products in them. I really think a ban is the best way to go. Girls have been figuring this out for years with no purses, this girl was just refusing to change up what she already did, and expected an exemption. If you want an exemption you should ask for it before you need it....good lesson for a high school student IMO. The fact that they are not citing a group of girls this has happened too, shows me that it is very possible to deal with your period without the purse in this facility, unless, as the school said, there is some sort of medical condition where she needs to change product more often.

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I am not saying a diaper bag sized purse should be allowed, but something the size of a pencil case should be. Plus what do they do about pens and paper? Unless they are given adequate time to go to their locker between every class?

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I used to have super heavy periods as a teen and I would not need this type of amount of products. I would say that she doesn't need this purse. Backpack, pocket, locker etc. are sufficient.

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Right. Obviously other girls are menstruating too. I menstruate and I've never carried a purse.

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"Jessica80" wrote:

I used to have super heavy periods as a teen and I would not need this type of amount of products. I would say that she doesn't need this purse. Backpack, pocket, locker etc. are sufficient.

For clarification, why would a backpack be allowed and not a purse? If a backpack was allowed, then obviously a purse would not be needed.

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No backpacks either.

The school also prohibits students from bringing backpacks or book bags into the classroom.

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My bad....my school had that the last year I was there as well. So....we would put in our lockers or cough up the 25 cents (which it still is!)

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My high school was not a big school, but was laid out in a way that would make going to a locker in between every class and then get to a bathroom nearly impossible. I carried my girl things in my pocket, which is much easier with tampons.
I do think though that this school needs to look at ways to help girls that are struggling with what to do during that time of the month instead of suspending girls.