There have been more than a few stories about gender based discrimination lately. This one has a slight twist. A group of school boys in England, upset that they weren’t allowed to wear shorts to school, decided to show up in skirts. Those were allowed. The international media attention, though, was more than the school could handle.
Isca Academy, like the rest of England, was caught up in a heat wave. The boys wanted to wear shorts. As this was not permitted by the uniform policy at Isca, the boys looked for another solution.
Boys at Isca Academy in Exeter wear skirts to school in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts in hot weather. pic.twitter.com/XHrffnSQEN
— Simon Hall (@SimonHallNews) June 22, 2017
“We are doing this because it’s too hot,” one student told Devon Live. There were reportedly 50 or more boys in skirts.
“I’m not in sitting lessons in the boiling weather in trousers,” another young man noted. He was upset because the girls are allowed to wear skirts or pants. “Boys and girls should have the same rights anywhere in the word,” he said.
Some of the boys were punished. When one student was put into in-school-suspension, he simply left. “I didn’t think that was fair, so I walked out,” he said.
When the boys showed up at the school in skirts, Colleen Smith at Devon Live was there to livestream the chaos.
Claire Reeves has a son at Isca. “I have called the school several times and they have told me that if I send my son to school in shorts then he will be sent to the isolation room all day and if I keep him off school then it’ll be an unauthorized absence.”
At first, the school held firm. They stuck to their existing policy. The school “uniform is strictly monitored at ISCA Academy and we ask that parents and students stick to the following items.”
Isca has now changed the policy. “Shorts are not currently part of our school uniform for boys. Contrary to news reports, we have not banned shorts; shorts are simply not part of our school uniform.
“However, as summers are becoming hotter, shorts will be introduced as part of our school uniform next year having first consulted with students and parents. We feel that introducing a change in uniform part way through this year would put undue pressure on some of our families.”