Security theater: Menstruation edition
Female students at Tri-Valley Central School are fed up with the prying security guard who quizzes them about their periods in the name of security.
Grahamsville — Several television news crews from New York City are camped outside the Tri-Valley Central School following the story in today's Times Herald-Record about what question a school security guard asked a 14-year-old female student.
The girl was called out of class by a security guard during a school sweep last week to make sure no kids had backpacks or other banned bags.
Samantha Martin had a small purse with her that day.
That's why the security guard, ex-Monticello cop Mike Bunce, asked her The Question.
She says he told her she couldn't have a purse unless she had her period. Then he asked, "Do you have your period?" 
This isn't just the alleged officious perversion of a lone ex-cop. These interrogations are part of an even larger and stupider policy.
You see, Tri-Valley doesn't allow students to carry bags!
The school banned backpacks in the halls this year for two reasons, George said: Student health, because heavy bags could hurt the kids' backs or people could trip on them; and for security concerns, felt nationwide, about concealed weapons.
Jenny Watson, 17, a senior, said kids have been confused since school started about the bag rules. Last week, a rumor started that girls could only carry purses if they had their periods. And then, on Sept. 19, school staff did the bag sweep. 
The ban goes beyond the hallways. Kids allegedly being escorted out of class by school security for bringing purses.
Good for the young women at Tri-Valley for sticking up for themselves: Girls started gluing pads to their clothing to protest the invasion of their privacy.