A 12-year-old boy attended school dressed in a skirt to protest against “discriminatory” rules which ban boys from wearing shorts.
Chris Whitehead wore a knee-length skirt to classes in protesting against the school uniform policy which bans boys from wearing shorts during the summer months.
”I will be wearing the skirt at school all day to protest the uniform policy and will be addressing the student council, wearing a skirt.” He addressed 1,368 pupils at morning assembly wearing the black skirt, which boys are permitted to wear due to a loophole in the policy.
Chris believes that forcing boys to wear long trousers during the sizzling summer months affects concentration and their ability to learn.
He said: In the summer girl students are allowed to wear skirts but boys are not allowed to wear shorts.
Headteacher Robert Campbell said the ban on shorts was imposed following consultation with students, teachers and parents in 2009. Ultimately the boys can wear a skirt to school because it doesn’t say they can’t in the uniform policy and we would be discriminating against them if we did not allow it.”.