Longhill High School in Rottingdean punished pupils for wearing shorts – so these boys wore skirts instead

July 26, 2016 9:00 am

The boys were protesting a uniform policy forbidding them from wearing shorts during the summer. Photo / iStock

A group of schoolboys were forbidden from wearing shorts in lessons –
so, during last week’s heatwave, they took to coming to school in
skirts instead.
Longhill High School in Rottingdean, close to
Brighton, punished a number of boys earlier in the week for wearing
shorts, which staff said were not an approved part of school uniform.
Head teacher Kate Williams told The Argus:
“Students have access to water in order to keep themselves hydrated. We
have made reasonable steps to ensure that classrooms are as comfortable
as possible.
“I have high standards regarding uniform, and
today, in the warm weather conditions, these high standards have been
challenged by approximately two per cent of parents/students.”

The following day four Year 9 students, Michael Parker, Kodi
Ailing, George Boyland and Jesse Stringer decided to stand up against
the ban by wearing girls’ school skirts.
Michael’s mother Angela
Parker said: “We’re fully in support of them. I think what the
headmistress is doing is discrimination and I’m extremely proud of
Michael and his fellow protesters. It’s taken a heck of a lot for
teenage boys to go to school wearing skirts.”
Kodi’s father Wesley told the Daily Mail
he thought it was ‘madness’ for the school to punish boys for wearing
shorts: “The shorts (Kodi) had on have the school logo on them and I
think should be allowed to wear them on hot days. The school say they
have to wear school uniform and the shorts are.
“The boys have
done this to prove a point and I think it’s brilliant. I don’t think
Kodi will wear the skirt all summer but I do think he likes the
attention.”
The boys were permitted to keep the skirts on on
Thursday and Friday without punishment. Miss Williams said: “Students
can choose to wear any part of the agreed school uniform.”

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