A father from the United Kingdom is fighting for young girls to be excused from school due to period cramps after one of his daughters, aged 13, had to miss school due to painful period cramps on Sept. 22. He said her school listed her absence as an “unauthorized.”
“I am the proud father of incredibly courageous, fierce and strong daughters, the eldest of which attends Secondary School. It not only saddens me that I am urged to write to you, but it also raises significant concerns surrounding the physical, mental and social wellbeing of not only my daughters but all people who have periods across the country.” This statement was shared by Marcus Alleyne after creating a petition when one of his daughters, aged 13, had to miss school due to painful period cramps on Sept. 22.
He said her school listed her absence as an “unauthorized” one after he didn’t disclose his daughter’s condition to the school’s administration. “The reason for not divulging the details of the condition is because I was doing so on behalf of my thirteen-year-old daughter, who is not only capable of making her own informed decisions as to what information is shared with others but I would not freely discuss my daughter’s health needs without her consent. Frankly, schools should not be requiring such information either, they are not medical professionals, nor would they fully understand the full extent or severity of any condition through a phone call,” Alleyne wrote on the Change.org petition page.