Banned From School For Having An Eating Disorder

When you hear about a teenage girl getting kicked out of school you’d probably think that she’d trashed the principal’s office or repeatedly dealt drugs out of her locker. At the very least she’d have tagged the toilet block.

But this wasn’t the case for 16-year-old British girl Lottie Twiselton who has allegedly been excluded from her school because she’s recovering from anorexia.

Lottie Twiselton.Lottie Twiselton. Photo: Facebook

After being discharged from hospital, Lottie had hoped to return to Northampton High School on a part-time basis until she fully regained her strength. But her school administration said she wasn’t welcome to return until she had made a full recovery.

Lottie, who had attended the school since she was three years old, told London’s Mirror newspaper, “I felt abandoned. Nobody can understand how important the return to school is when you’re in recovery.”

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  1. Having the benefit of hindsight, experience, and increased clarity due both to the recovery process and age… I think it is imperative that Lottie transition back to school rather than attempt full days. Going from inpatient to a full academic load, thus missing out on the therapeutic support of a partial program is counter to what any treatment team would recommend for recovery. And for Lottie to have the best chance, she needs continuity of care, rather than a revolving door of inpatient then stopping for full time school, getting overwhelmed, relapsing, returning to hospital, etc. Returning to school even partially can be very overwhelming, particularly in terms of the social adjustment as things are constantly changing in those years, and returning to school with what feels like a new body, a new relationship with your body (sometimes even more messed up than before for awhile) is challenging. The disorder may have been part of your identity, even a source of pride, and finding new strengths and ways to stand out must be embraced to not relapse. Other kids will be dieting, and Lottie will have to resist that competition, or comfort, security, safety, whatever she gets from it. Being able to do a half day and go to therapy to process these struggles is imperative for her in the beginning. Forcing her to choose between full-time school or treatment is a huge mistake… No matter when it would happen, at this point in her recovery or further along, doing it as a process is key. I mean, they have consistently found that anorexics are triggered by transitions, and life changes, which is why the illness has bi modal peaks at 14 and 18 (age of entering high school and college). So they need lots of support and to be eased into the transitions rather than for them to be abrupt. I really hope they let Lottie do this the way she needs to… If they do not and she is still sick and cycling in and out of the hospital and full time school, that will be a travesty, if she survives that. This is a matter of survival, I guess that sometimes slips all of our minds… Having a full life can give her something else to fight for, that was hard for me to find and it nearly killed me, and it essentially cost me everything. Lottie deserves better

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