A group of British schoolboys were sick of the “no shorts” policy at their school during warmer temperatures. When temperatures reached a sweltering 90 degrees outside, they decided to do something about it. During the intense heat wave, dozens of teenage boys at Isca Academy in Exeter came together to protest.
They decided that the best way to protest would be to wear the girls’ uniform instead. They borrowed from their sisters and friends and showed up in skirts to make their statement. They hoped that this would force the school to rethink its dress code.
Well, it looks like their protest made a splash. After the boys dressed in skirts officials at Isca Academy released a statement that they would start to introduce shorts as part of the school uniform in the hotter months.
The statement explained, “...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.”
I think the parents would want their kids to be comfortable and not endure heat stroke while in school.
While they brought some attention to the issue, the aren’t allowed to wear shorts just yet. They boys will still have to wear pants until the introduce the shorts into the uniform next year. Or I guess they can just wear the skirts everyday instead.
“The head teacher told them, 'Well you can wear a skirt if you like,' but I think she was being sarcastic. However, children tend to take you literally, and so five boys turned up in skirts today — and because she told them it was okay, there was nothing she could do as long as they are school skirts. One of the five boys did get in trouble — because it was too short.”
According to Devonlive.com, another boy was told to change because his legs were too hairy. The next day, some of the older boys brought razors to sold that issue. These boys are committed to their cause!
According to one of the mothers, these boys are fighting injustice.
“Children also don't like injustice. The boys see the women teachers in sandals and nice cool skirts and tops while they are wearing long trousers and shoes and the older boys have to wear blazers. They just think it's unfair that they can't wear shorts in this heat.”
The Isca Academy’s current dress code does not permit shorts except during physical education lessons.
“We recognize that the last few days have been exceptionally hot and we are doing our utmost to enable both students and staff to remain as comfortable as possible,” Isca Academy Headteacher Aimee Mitchell said in an earlier statement on the school's website.
The statement explained that students can remove neckties and they can undo top buttons on shirts during warmer weather. They also stated that shorts are still not allowed. They later added that students did not have to wear uniform jumpers or blazers during the summer.
These British boys are not the only guys to think of such a hilarious idea. According to the Local, a group of male bus drivers in Nantes, France also dressed in drag to protest the bus company's “no shorts” policy. They too argued that pants were too hot during the heat wave.
Because of their protest, the bus company, Semitan, gave in to their requests. They said that the men could wear shorts and they were planning to update the dress code to make more permanent changes. But men, your legs do look great in those skirts.