Monday morning, a tweet by a Porter Ridge High School student claiming that the school had just begun charging for pads and tampons went viral. In two days, it reached over 1,000 likes and retweets.
The school has come under fire on the social media platform, with users responding to and retweeting the tweet in droves – 30,000+ people have seen the tweet while almost half have actually engaged with it, according to Megan’s Twitter insights.
A majority of the responses centered on the idea that the new rule was made by those who believe women can always “plan accordingly” when it comes to their menstrual cycle. They also focused on the idea that young women have a responsibility to and should “learn at an early age to carry feminine products in their purses/backpacks at ALL times.”
Megan, the student behind the original tweet, argued that if a student becomes “desperate” enough to approach the nurse, “such necessities” should be provided.
Many began calling the school to find out why the rule went into effect.
In her words, Megan has received an unexpected amount of support for the issue and is already working toward a solution with the school’s principal, Bashawn Harris, who “called for [her] because of the tampon thing at school.”
She never expected the school to get threats, though, asking her followers to “send … only positivity” when they reach out.
When the Agenda called, Tahira Stalberte, Union County Public Schools chief communications officer, said the school doesn’t keep condoms on campus.
While Stalberte did confirm that the school began charging $1 for tampons and pads, she emphasized that it was because there was “misuse and theft” of the products, which would be charged for until the supply was replenished.
Porter Ridge has begun reaching out to companies that provide schools with menstrual products in bulk to avoid the necessity of charging students.
“But we do not hand out condoms,” she said on the phone, laughing. “I don’t know where that came from, but it’s not true.”
Feature photo via UCPS