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West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School to provide free menstrual products in all girls’ bathrooms

Previously girls who needed menstrual products during the school day either had to pay for them in the girl’s restroom or had to go to the nurse’s office to receive the product they needed free of charge.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 12:12 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School will soon add free menstrual products to all girl's bathrooms. The change was made after several students sent their support for the school doing so to the administration

"Menstrual products shouldn't be taboo they should just be available to students that need them," said Molly Edwards.

Edwards is one of the students who helped convince the administration at West Lafayette Junior-Senior high school to add free menstrual products to the girl’s bathrooms.

"Girls get their periods at unexpected times it's very important that we have this resource in the restrooms, “added Edwards.

Previously girls who needed menstrual products during the school day either had to pay for them in the girl’s restroom or had to go to the nurse’s office to receive the product they needed free of charge.

“I think what happened was they just sort of needed a student push to really start to get things going," said Eshaal Hussain.

Hussain posted a testimony to her Instagram and encouraged other students to send an email with a similar message.

"That started spreading around on Instagram and many students and parents started emailing Rocky Killion,” said Hussain. “Two days later I was called to the office and I was told they were going to work on making menstrual products free."

Students involved in making this change possible hope other schools will follow West Lafayette’s example.

"I really hope that this is something that goes to other high schools. I hope it goes past just the girl’s bathroom I hope we get it in the gender-neutral bathroom," added Edwards

"Westside has always been seen as a model school for the other high schools in our area,” added Hussain. “I hope with westside taking this step forward other schools like Harrison will start to take those steps too.

Superintendent of the West Lafayette Community School Corporation Rocky Killion says the administration at the high school has been working on adding free tampons to the girls' bathrooms since spring.

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