A schoolgirl who was on her period bled through her clothes twice after the school staff refused to let her go to the toilet. The 11-year-old’s mother was in total shock when her daughter returned home from Cotham School in Bristol with bloodstains on her clothes.
The young girl’s mother, who wants to protect her daughter’s identity, did not give out her name but revealed that her daughter said she no longer wanted to go to school during her periods after she was left feeling “humiliated”. After the girl’s mother complained to the school’s authorities repeatedly, the young girl was issued a toilet pass by her teachers, according to Daily Mail.
“They should not be making young girls feel guilty because she needs to go to the bathroom and sort out her basic care,” she told Bristol Live. “Now, she’s scared to go to school in case they won’t let her out of the classroom, that’s not what we should be teaching girls.”
As per reports, the first incident took place in September when the girl asked to go to the bathroom in the middle of a lesson after realizing that she was on her period, but the teacher said no. At the time, the school authorities vowed this would not repeat again.
However, the very next month, when the girl again got her periods in October, she was refused permission to go to the toilet by a male teacher, according to her mother. “She asked multiple times but he wouldn’t let her out and so she just had to sit there and bleed through her clothing — again,” she said.
However, the Cotham School authorities countered the mother’s statements saying it supplies free period products to any child who might need them as part of the Red Box Project. A spokesman said: “We aim to support all our girls during their period.”
“With regard to this particular incident we have been in full communication on several occasions with the mother and the young girl and have issued a toilet pass, as per our school policy, so that this will not happen again. The toilet pass can be shown discretely to the teacher so that there is no explanation required.”
“Many young girls and boys who have need of the toilet outside of lessons have these passes at Cotham School. The welfare and well-being of our students is always at the forefront of what we do and we will always endeavor to work with parents and carers to support the needs of their child or children.”