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Free the Bladder - A breach of human rights

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As students of Perth Grammar School ( Scotland ), we were apprehensive when it was discussed that we would be receiving a new head teacher after our previous teacher left and unfortunately, as it turns out we had every right to be apprehensive.  As she has voiced her grievances over staff being named online we will refer to her as Mrs X. Though our anger is justified - this is peaceful protest and an exercise of free speech. This is not an attack - merely our right as students, citizens and human beings.   The Problem - As of last week, Mrs X decided that students would no longer be able to use the toilet facilities during class time and proceeded to lock all bathrooms to prevent us from using said facilities. The toilets were then promised to be unlocked at interval and lunch but so far this has failed to happen.  The motive behind this idiocy seems sensible. Mrs X does not approve of the number of people being excused from class and fears people may ''hide'' in the bathrooms to prevent going to subjects they dislike and fair enough, this does happen. However, preventing us from one of our basic human rights is NOT the way to solve the problem.   Let's explore the issues that restricting the toilets cause:  We won't be able to concentrate. With restricted access to toilet facilities students will avoid keeping hydrated and therefore lose concentration and consequently fall behind in class. Same goes for those sitting with a full bladder, it effects our education.  Straight forward biology. There's an incredibly large number of girls in our school and what do girls do? WE BLEED. EVERY SINGLE MONTH. FROM OUR VAGINAS. I don't know about you but, personally i'd rather not sit with blood dripping down my leg. Aye it's not a pretty picture but it's a fact of life. Though it's advised you change a tampon every four hours, there are girls that must change more frequently due to a heavy flow. Mrs X offers a solution by saying that when dealing with our monthly requirement we visit matron, but a jumbo pad and an ice pack doesn't suit everyone.  Self - Esteem & Confidence. Some students have low self esteem and due to this simple tasks such as asking to go to the bathroom is daunting enough. Now it has been made near impossible. An example of this is the alleged case of a young student that was prevented from being let out of class, unable to penetrate locked doors and too scared to ask again, and consequentially wet themselves. It is obvious to see how emotionally scarring this can be and how it may stick with one for a long time. Is it okay to destroy a child's self esteem purely for convenience? We disagree.    Free Speech and Censorship As expected, many students spoke out against this injustice on social media and through clear teacher - student stalking Mrs X discovered this. She selected one of the contributors and threatened the individual with a court case? The fact one could have the audacity to threaten an individual with prosecution for free speech is simply outrageous and displays she has no concept of human rights. An email was sent out to our parents suggesting they monitor our activity online intensely - this can be seen as an action to render our concerns unspoken. We live in a time where we should be encouraged to speak out when our human rights are challenged and highlight injustices. We will not be silent, we will not be censored.    What do we want?  We understand it is a bit much to ask for a new head  teacher however much some may be in favour of the idea. Instead all we ask is that, when we reach 100 signatures; the new rule be revoked and Mrs X to offer a public apology to those who have been hit hardest and to the rest of the students.   Our bodies do not belong to anyone else, it is our duty alone to look after said bodies and that includes relieving the body of waste product whenever the body is ready to do so. No one should be able to take that right away; please stand with us and help us take back our human right. Thank you, everyone.  It's time to free the bladder.  ( All information gathered through interviews with students and from the school website itself )                    



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