LHHS Bathrooms Not Properly Equipped

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LHHS Bathrooms Not Properly Equipped

Samantha Martin, Social Media/ Business Manager

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Imagine being a teen in high school, with all of the stress of homework, a job, clubs, hobbies and relationships. On top of that, you unexpectedly start your period in the middle of class. When you go to the bathroom to get a tampon or pad, you find out they don’t have a dispenser or it’s empty. 

At Lake Havasu High School the dispensers in the bathrooms either charge students money to get a pad or a tampon or there’s no machine at all. 

Why should a girl have to pay for something that she could get for free somewhere else on campus? “I don’t see the point of paying, especially if you can go to the nurse and get it for free,” said science teacher Stefani Chase. 

Because feminine products are not readily available to students, girls are faced with the issue of sitting in class without the needed supplies or wasting class time going to the nurse’s office. Junior Taylor Runyon explained how she has missed class time due to this predicament. It would just be easier if all bathrooms supplied them, she said. A student at LHHS tested this theory and spent eight and a half minutes going to the nurse for one tampon.

All females are different and some who may have just started their period can feel self-conscious or awkward asking adults or fellow classmates for a pad or tampon.

By the school providing these items in the bathroom, several of these issues can be avoided. Only three states made it a law to provide feminine products in the bathrooms at schools: New York, Illinois and California. Although Arizona isn’t one of those states, why shouldn’t LHHS still want to help these young girls by simply installing the dispensaries? 

Taking the first step may be difficult. One question is funding: how will this be paid for? Another issue would be waste or vandalism if they were just free. 

In the end, having these products available for girls in the bathroom can solve problems like embarrassment and wasted class time.