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A Charter school's bathroom policy makes students bleed through pants!
The Noble Network Charter Schools in Chicago apparently have “dehumanizing” policies in place that forbid menstruating teenage girls from going to the bathroom as frequently as they need to. As a result, they often end up bleeding through their pants or skirts.

The Noble Network Charter Schools in Chicago apparently have “dehumanizing” policies in place that forbid menstruating teenage girls from going to the bathroom as frequently as they need to. As a result, they often end up bleeding through their pants or skirts.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago is known for its strict rules (Image source: Pixabay)

This shocking information was revealed by a former teacher who spoke to NPR about her time at some of the charter schools. The report received even more authenticity after an anonymous student came forward and confirmed that they had been put through cruel “disciplinary” policies such as these. The student revealed that menstruating students often had to make trips to the bathroom to change their sanitary pads or tampons.

The school simply didn’t allow them to perform this basic bodily function. The student said, “We have (bathroom) escorts, and they rarely come so we end up walking out (of class) and that gets us in trouble. But who wants to walk around knowing there’s blood on them? It can still stain the seats. They just need to be more understanding.”

The school’s president defended the rules, saying NPR’s report was “exaggerated” (Image source: Pixabay)

Twitter went wild and numerous people expressed their outrage at the report’s findings.

In a totally bizarre move, the school explained their solution to this issue, ‘girls who bleed through their pants would have to walk around wearing school sweaters wrapped around their waists.’ As the school staff consider this a violation of the dress code, administration would inform them about all the students who are bleeding.

Unchanged pads and tampons can lead to dangerous physical conditions such as toxic shock syndrome and other bacterial infections. Parents and other stakeholders have argued that going to the bathroom is a basic human right and shouldn’t be made into a privilege, especially if this carries physical danger to the students involved.

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Angry users all over the Internet have fought against the rules, saying they can lead to girls getting toxic shock syndrome and bacterial infections (Image source: Pixabay)

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Students themselves have started complaining anonymously (Image source: Pixabay)

The former teacher who initially started making waves about this issue quoted a student who said, “One student says it best, ‘When you treat us like animals, what do you think we are gonna act like?’”

While a lot of parents were outraged about the policy, the Principle of Noble Networks of Chartered groups responded with a positive email to all staff members. In her statement she denied NPR’s claims and stated that they were ‘exaggerated or plainly false’.

She wrote, “So, while I acknowledge our imperfections, I also celebrate our willingness and flexibility to hold each other accountable and get better. And I just don’t see the Noble that I know and love reflected in this article.”

More users on Twitter shared their concerns on the matter.

Some stated how a limited bathroom break may increase in kidney issues in young children.

Another user came forward with his wife’s experience while teaching at a Charter school.

Other people were also on the defensive bandwagon; Ashley J. Dearborn, a Chicago-based actor, said she’d worked with the Noble group and hadn’t found anything wrong with their policies. She made some strangely racist comments, trying to say that the policies were in fact good for black students, who would somehow get more done because of the stringent rules.

“…If given the right conditions, these Black and Brown kids could excel and compete with the best. They have. In order to achieve this, stringent rules and regulations were developed,” she wrote in a totally bizarre twist to this narrative. However, parents and other teachers have all gone up against the group of schools and are trying to make them rethink their policies.


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