Female students at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Indiana are not allowed to have purses in the classroom, reports the Chicago Tribune. Backpacks and book bags have already been banned. The school considers this a safety measure in a post-Columbine world but parents, especially those with daughters, are not happy. According to the Tribune, Janet Brennan stood up in front of the school board and demonstrated how uncomfortable it is to cram feminine hygiene products into pockets already stuffed with a pen, pencil, calculator and other items. "I was trying to make a point," says Brennan, whose daughter is a sophomore. "They have to carry these products in their pocket. Girls that age are easily embarrassed; they don't want people to know they have their period." [Chicago Tribune, UPI]