September 20, 2020

Middle Schoolers Protest After Their Principal Said They’d “Abuse the Privilege” of Free Tampons

A Twitter user named Ilyse Hogue said her friend’s seventh grader and their classmates organized a protest so they could have free tampons at school.The school’s principal argued they would “abuse the privilege.”

If you needed further proof that the children are our future and it’s looking brighter than a Fenty highlighter, please say hello to some badass seventh graders who staged a protest to get free tampons in their school’s bathroom. (And give a hat-tip to Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL, who is friends with one of the kids’ parents and whose tweet about this has amassed over 40,000 Likes so far.)

First off, let’s just state that feminine-hygiene products are too damn expensive and that they should be way more accessible for everyone. So when a group of middle schoolers came together to ask their principal to put free tampons in the school bathrooms, they were understandably upset when he said no because they would “abuse the privilege.”

It’s unclear what he meant when he said the kids would “abuse the privilege,” but it begs the question if his only knowledge of tampons stems from watching Channing Tatum shove them up his nose in She’s the Man. And as one user asked, “Is he afraid girls are just gonna start having periods for fun?” Mostly, it sounds like this dude needs to crack open a textbook, do a Google search, or talk to anyone with with a period to figure out why people need tampons and why they should be readily available for anyone who uses them.

Well, after the students received that unacceptable response from the school official, they decided to bake a bunch of cookies that look like used tampons and hold a “cookie protest.” Behold:

It’s not clear what the reaction to the tampon cookies was or if the principal has changed his tune, but I’m fully in support of these kids taking over the world.Shannon Barbour News Writer Shannon is a news writer at, and when she’s not obsessing about Cardi B, she’s thinking about Justin Bieber and still trying to memorize Beyoncé’s Beychella choreography.

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