A teenage girl claims she was told to “control her period” by her teacher after being refused to go to the toilet.
Maisie-Rae Adams, 14, claims she had no choice but to storm out of the classroom after the comment.
But when she tried to return to the classroom just minutes later, the Year Nine student discovered her bag had been moved to another room and told she could not go back to class.
The teen claims this is not the first time she has experienced problems with her menstrual cycle at Rednock School in Dursley, Glos., having already been given three detentions for asking to go to the toilet while on her period.
Maisie-Rae – who sees endometriosis run in her family – claims she suffers a heavy menstrual cycle, which can see her experiencing up to three periods a month.
Since her ordeal Maise-Rae and mum Kelly, 36, have been working on shaking the taboo of periods amongst schoolgirls.
Maisie-Rae said: “The class seemed to be in shock at what happened.
“I grabbed my pad and went to the toilet.
“When I tried to come back into the classroom the teacher told me that my bag was in another room and I could not go back to class.”
Mum Kelly said: “When Maisie told me about it I felt so angry that I could cry.
“She is a mini me. With her confident and even her shyness we are the same. I know how she feels.
“Maisie felt humiliated and embarrassed and it is horrible what happened to her.
“She should never of had a detention for needing to go to the toilet during her period.”
Both Maisie-Rae and Kelly are campaigning to quash the stigma around periods and have proposed a pink wristband scheme so pupils can discretely tell teachers they are on their time of the month.
Mum-of-four Kelly added: “The school have said to us in the meeting that they have a pink card policy that the girls can show the teacher.
“Maisie was not aware of this though.
“I think it would be a good idea to get the girls wearing a little pink wristband and then it would show the teachers and others that the girl is on her period and that they may be a little emotional and able to concentrate that week.
“I want to be able to go into the school and talk about what happens to the girls and we need to make sure that the girls are not ashamed of what is happening to their bodies.
“We want to educate people so we can finally shake the taboo around periods.
“That way if a girl has an accident another student can wrap a jumper around her rather than make her feel embarrassed.”
Headteacher David Alexander said: “I can’t talk about individual students however I can talk about what we do.
“We do allow students to go to the toilet for issues relating to their period.
“In fact we have ‘time out’ cards specifically for that purpose – we introduced to all girls in assemblies at the start of the year.
“Every girl had the opportunity to carry one.
“We are sensitive to the needs of all students but especially girls in this situation who are developing emotionally and physically.
“We provide free tampons and sanitary towels for those who need them.
“The situation is not as has been interpreted but I cannot go into details.
“Clearly we will reflect on this so that we learn from it and improve.”