Is menstrual pain a genuine reason to skip school?

A dad from Cornwall, United Kingdom has warmed the hearts of many by starting a petition to make menstrual pain a genuine reason to miss school.

Is menstrual pain a genuine reason to skip school?
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The internet went abuzz with commendations for a man who started a petition to make menstrual pain a genuine reason to miss school.

Marcus Alleyne, a father of three girls from Cornwall, UK , started the petition after his 13-year-old daughter, Izzy was marked as having 'unauthorised absence' despite falling ill with menstrual pain. The petition was for the Department of Eduction to acknowledge dysmenorrea(period pains) as a genuine reason to miss school.

Marcus Alleyne and family. Photo courtesy

Speaking to ITV, the dad said, " we need to make significant changes not ony to the institutions responsible for nurturing our young women and future female leaders, but also need to educate the prehistoric mindsets of the policy creators and decision makers."

Marcus also added that he thinks some people have been particularly encouraged that its a dad standing up for young women, but that's only because of the way we have been fed that it is only a 'woman's problem', which its not, its a social problem.

The petition has already gathered over 40K signatures with many social media users saying sanitary pads should also be free in schools.

@sinestroiv said, "I stand fully behind this! dudes don't show up for sniffles. Why should these girls show up while suffering what I have been told as an inferno inside them."

@furlanpete added, "And have tampons/pads an other sanitary products accessible in all schools with zero cost."