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School slammed for 'absurd' policy asking students to provide proof they're on their period

Rhiannon Ingle

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School slammed for 'absurd' policy asking students to provide proof they're on their period

Featured Image Credit: gerard ferry / Atlaspix / Alamy Stock Photo

It can be a massive pain - quite literally - when that time of the month comes round.

From seriously painful cramps to the more emotional symptoms, there are a whole load of stresses attached to getting your period.

And for one woman, her school added one more layer of stress to the whole ordeal, demanding her to follow an 'absurd' policy whenever she menstruates.

One school has sparked outrage over their 'absurd' policy asking students for proof that they're on their period. Credit: MBI / Alamy Stock Photo
One school has sparked outrage over their 'absurd' policy asking students for proof that they're on their period. Credit: MBI / Alamy Stock Photo
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The woman took to Reddit to share her experiences as an 'an engineering school in Morocco'.

"My period is usually bearable but I couldn't move today because of it," she began, "and this is the first time that I ever miss class because of menstruation."

And this isn't an exception.

According to a survey by Plan International UK, almost two million girls between the ages of 14-21 in the UK have missed a part day or full day of school because of their period.

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Out of that study, approximately 13% of girls miss an entire school day at least once a month due to their period.

The engineering student went on to explain her school's 'strict system' and that all students 'need to justify missing classes'.

"This is not a sickness and I feel insulted." Credit: Oleg Elkov / Alamy Stock Photo
"This is not a sickness and I feel insulted." Credit: Oleg Elkov / Alamy Stock Photo

"I went to do just that when the pain passed and I was flabbergasted when they asked me to go to a doctor and bring a certificate that indicates that I'm on my period," she revealed.

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"They said they stopped giving one half day a month to girls suffering from period pain."

The student was totally floored by her school's response to her reporting period pain, and revealed that she didn't understand how they could ask for such a thing 'with a straight face'.

"This is not a sickness and I feel insulted," she wrote.

She added that the whole situation had been made 'worse' as she was asked to provide such a certificate by women 'who supposedly understand what it feels like'.

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Calling the incident 'invasive', the woman concluded that she would talk with the director of students affairs to get the issue resolved.

"I don't know how other students can keep quiet while seeing this absurdity." Credit: Alliance / Alamy Stock Photo
"I don't know how other students can keep quiet while seeing this absurdity." Credit: Alliance / Alamy Stock Photo

"I don't know how other students can keep quiet while seeing this absurdity," she concluded.

Dozens of people were quick to share their reaction to the news, with many finding the situation totally unacceptable.

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One Reddit user wrote: "It's inhuman, it's stupid, we're not machines, we s**t, we fart and we get sick too."

"This is just absurd," added another, "I don’t really understand the reason behind such rigid rules. The school is dealing with adults, it makes no sense to treat them like anything other than that."

A third wrote: "The problem is not you or the period pain, I know it’s real but the problem that the school faces is the abuse of taking an extra day off every month by other people that made the school ask for a doctor's [sic] authorisation to stay home."

The woman aptly responded to the comment, writing: "I understand but people abusing this doesn't justify stopping other girls who are dying from pain from getting some rest without being examined by a doctor.

"Schools should be sensitive to this." Credit: Rustycanuck / Alamy Stock Photo
"Schools should be sensitive to this." Credit: Rustycanuck / Alamy Stock Photo

"It's natural and it's half a day for God's sake, it wouldn't hinder their studies."

While many advised the student to just go to the doctor and pay the money for the certificate, the woman said: "I won't pay for a doctor to check if I'm on my period, it's the point of the whole post.

"Schools should be sensitive to this and me going to a doctor would only make them believe that what they're asking is totally normal."

Topics: Life, Real Life, Health

Rhiannon Ingle
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