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Teenage Boys Wear Skirts To School After Being Told They Can't Wear Shorts

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Teenage Boys Wear Skirts To School After Being Told They Can't Wear Shorts

In this sweltering weather, we can't think of anything worse than someone telling us what to wear. So, we do feel sorry for school kids having their uniforms dictated to them in the height of summer.

That's what happened to a group of boys from Cornwall, who asked to go to class in shorts, but were told they weren't allowed.

They were more frustrated because girls at Poltair School were allowed to wear skirts, which gave them an option to be bare legged, while they had no such choice.

So, to make a point, the boys decided that they would go to school in £8 ASDA skirts, to highlight the "outdated uniform policy".

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The boys wore skirts to prove a point (Credit: SWNS)
The boys wore skirts to prove a point (Credit: SWNS)

Pupil Adrian Copp, 15, and around a dozen Year 10 pupils decided to don the skirts to prove there were holes in the current rules.

They say they are using a loophole in Poltair School's policy which allows skirts but does not assign it to a gender.

Adrian, of St. Austell Cornwall, asked mum Donna, 33, if she could buy him a skirt to challenge the rules.

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Both Adrian and his two friends plan to continue wearing the pleated skirts for the rest of the week.

Adrian from St Austell, Cornwall said: "I found it a lot cooler definitely.

"It's really uncomfortable wearing trousers in this heat.

Poltair School (Credit: SWNS)
Poltair School (Credit: SWNS)
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Reflecting on how the school responded, he added: "It was a mixed bag. Some teachers thought we were messing about. But there were others who cheered us on. There were a group of Year 8 boys who were clapping and cheering us.

"We were removed from classes and banned for socialisation for 24 hours but we were let go because they couldn't find anything to pin us on.

"We haven't broken any rules. We just want everyone to have the option to wear shorts in this heat and that goes for the girls too."

Mum-of-four, Donna, is in agreement with her son and claims the argument to have shorts and skirts has been going on for several years.

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She added: "When he went to primary school he would wear shorts no problem.

"But for some reason it hasn't been allowed in secondary schools.

"It's been an ongoing battle for a few years.

The boys took a stand (Credit: SWNS)
The boys took a stand (Credit: SWNS)
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"When Adrian came up with the idea at the weekend he had my full backing.

"There's no specified gender on the uniform policy and we wanted to play by the rules."

Donna added that there was an added benefit of her son taking a stand: the possibility of a change for women, too - particularly those who would rather not wear skirts.

"Some girls aren't comfortable about wearing skirts so this is about all students," she said.

"I'm so proud Adrian has the guts to take a stand."

The secondary school's uniform guide reads: "Students must wear plain black tailored trousers made of standard material that sit at the waist and shoe line.

"These must be of a style that is complementary of a blazer. Skirts must be pleated and sit no higher than a credit cards width above the knee."

Poltair School has been contacted for comment.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

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Joanna Freedman
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