Angry Students Protest School Policy with Tampon Jewelry

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If you're menstruating, you can carry a purse. If you're not, you can't. Are you? Students at a New York High School protest new No-Backpack Policy after 14 year old girl was questioned about her menstrual cycle.
A security guard at the Tri-Valley High School in Sullivan County, NY approached a student and asked her if she was menstruating. The girl was carrying a small purse when the school's security guard called her out of class and said she couldn’t carry that purse unless she was having her period, and then asked her if she was.

But 14 year old Samantha Martin isn’t the only student to make these claims. Several other girls who have also been asked the same question have been called in to speak with school officials.

The school district made the decision to ban all backpacks from being carried in the school's hallways this year, citing safety and security issues as the reason for the new policy.

The questioning from the security guard sparked a protest among the school's students, where girls and boys alike have been adorning themselves with tampons and various other sanitary products, attaching them to their clothing and wearing them as articles of jewelry. Some girls are carrying purses made of tampon boxes.

In the students' combined effort to protest the school's new backpack policy, one student was even arrested for running through the halls of the school naked with a paper bag over his head.

Sullivan County is approximately 80 miles northwest of New York City.
 

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Wow, of all the stupid policies in the world, what a waste of civil rights.
 

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Im assuming they cant make the girls prove it? I'd always carry a purse and just say I have a really long cycle.
 

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I'm one of the guys who stress that you give up a large percentage of your rights when you walk onto school grounds, but I fully support the students here. This is bullshit.
 

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I'm one of the guys who stress that you give up a large percentage of your rights when you walk onto school grounds, but I fully support the students here. This is bullshit.
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I am almost always on the side of school since not only do they have to worry about safety of their students and staff, but they also have to be wary of lawsuits to the point where often the only solution is to allow basically nothing.

But banning backpacks? Asking a girl if she is on her "period"? Too much.

If it has gotten to this point, its time to buy metal detectors.
 

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What if the girls want fancy ones with wings or plastic applicators? Female people are quite attached to their favorite brand, I'm led to believe.
I assume that the high school has lockers. Keep them there until lunch/study hall/etc. If you need one sooner, use what's provided for free. Problem still solved.
 
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HummerTuesdays said:
I assume that the high school has lockers. Keep them there until lunch/study hall/etc. If you need one sooner, use what's provided for free. Problem still solved.
Perhaps, but that still doesn't explain how backpacks and purses are security threats. I think it's fair to say that these dangerous carryalls have been in use by students since before any of us were born. Why, I myself used to carry a purse in school. Errrr... A backpack, that is.
 

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For whatever reason they banned back packs. The only problem they have NOW is that the girls have nothing to carry their feminine products in. I have addressed that issue. Problem solved. :)

Honestly, I think the problem is kids today getting into all sorts of trouble. I don't know the area, but maybe they have trouble with weapons being brought to school.
 

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Im assuming they cant make the girls prove it? I'd always carry a purse and just say I have a really long cycle.
I'd carry a bloody tampon around in a plastic baggy and hand it to the person who questions me.
 

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Just another example of people being asked to stop doing something that has long been the norm in society, due to a need for 'safety and security'.


Fucking ridiculous. What's next. One armed guard per classroom? Personal police escorts to and from class? Ridiculous, yes, but no more ridiculous than a school banning FUCKING BACKPACKS.
 

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Just another example of people being asked to stop doing something that has long been the norm in society, due to a need for 'safety and security'.


Fucking ridiculous. What's next. One armed guard per classroom? Personal police escorts to and from class? Ridiculous, yes, but no more ridiculous than a school banning FUCKING BACKPACKS.
[Post 9/11 Paranoid Douche]I hope the next time there is a terrorist carrying weapons in thier purse you are the one held hostage![/Post 9/11 Paranoid Douche]
 

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Just another example of people being asked to stop doing something that has long been the norm in society, due to a need for 'safety and security'.


Fucking ridiculous. What's next. One armed guard per classroom? Personal police escorts to and from class? Ridiculous, yes, but no more ridiculous than a school banning FUCKING BACKPACKS.
It has also long been the norm in society to not bring guns to school. In case you hadn't noticed, the times they are a changing.

The school is an idiot, and so are all the kids.
I couldn't agree more.
 

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It has also long been the norm in society to not bring guns to school. In case you hadn't noticed, the times they are a changing.
While that's true, it's still no reason to over react in this manner. How many schools do we have in our country? How many schools have had shootings?

As society grows, incidents like this also grow with it. Say for every 100 people ten of them are nuts. Well for every 100 more, you get 10 more nuts. School shootings aren't exactly 'new'. Remember the guy in the bell tower back in the 50's, that's one of the most infamous school shootings in our history?

Now the one thing they should start doing, is holding the parents of these little psychopaths responsible. Take Columbine for example, the only way those parents couldn't have noticed what their wacko kids were up to is by not paying any attention to them. Your kid starts dressing in black, acting doom and gloom, you might want to do the responsible thing and try to get to the bottom of it rather than spending the weekend shopping and golfing.

At least teen suicide is on the rise, and with that it's probably also taking some of these same wackos that might otherwise shoot up a school.

By the way, if you have guns in your house, and kids, and you don't have them under lock and key...if the kid uses those guns to kill, you should be an accomplice.
 

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[Post 9/11 Paranoid Douche]I hope the next time there is a terrorist carrying weapons in thier purse you are the one held hostage![/Post 9/11 Paranoid Douche]
You forgot the: maaaaaaaaaaaaan

:D
 

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While that's true, it's still no reason to over react in this manner. How many schools do we have in our country? How many schools have had shootings?

As society grows, incidents like this also grow with it. Say for every 100 people ten of them are nuts. Well for every 100 more, you get 10 more nuts. School shootings aren't exactly 'new'. Remember the guy in the bell tower back in the 50's, that's one of the most infamous school shootings in our history?

Now the one thing they should start doing, is holding the parents of these little psychopaths responsible. Take Columbine for example, the only way those parents couldn't have noticed what their wacko kids were up to is by not paying any attention to them. Your kid starts dressing in black, acting doom and gloom, you might want to do the responsible thing and try to get to the bottom of it rather than spending the weekend shopping and golfing.

At least teen suicide is on the rise, and with that it's probably also taking some of these same wackos that might otherwise shoot up a school.

By the way, if you have guns in your house, and kids, and you don't have them under lock and key...if the kid uses those guns to kill, you should be an accomplice.
If you look at all the data and analyze it for commonality's amongst the "shooters" you will find the majority of them on heavy-duty psychoactive drugs and under the care of a head shrinker.

Clearly, there were warning signs that were ignored by these so called professionals.

However, no politician with an agenda will ever lay the blame on the drugs or even the individual, it's always the weapons used, maaan.
 

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However, no politician with an agenda will ever lay the blame on the drugs or even the individual, it's always the weapons used, maaan.
QFT

Reminded me of what Ant said a while back. You'll rarely find a licensed and registered gun owner, who's taken safety/training classes, doing stupid shit like shooting up their office, etc.

So we know that it's not the weapons themselves.
 

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They really nipped the security problem in the bud with banning purses and backpacks, because it's impossible hide a gun in your waist or a knife in your pocket. :icon_roll
 

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What about those evil-assault pens and pencils. Those suckers can kill all by themselves. Same with a heavy text book, you could smash somebody's face in with them.

We need to save the children and ban them ALL!
 

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They really nipped the security problem in the bud with banning purses and backpacks, because it's impossible hide a gun in your waist or a knife in your pocket. :icon_roll
That's being addressed over winter break. They'll be instituting a new dress code: unitards.