No shorts allowed? No problem. Male students at the Isca Academy in Exeter, England recently protested a strict school dress code by shaving their legs and wearing skirts to school.
It was hot as hell outside, and the boys asked their school if they could wear shorts instead of their usual long pants. Their request was shut down by school officials, and the students weren’t too happy about it. Several of them dug through their friends’ and sisters’ drawers to find their school uniform plaid skirts and walked to school wearing them instead of their usual uniform. While doing so they shouted, “Let boys wear shorts!”
Headteacher at the academy said rules are rules, but insisted that they could change in the future. “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,” Mitchell told British media. “Shorts are not currently part of our uniform for boys, and I would not want to make any changes without consulting both students and their families. However, with hotter weather becoming more normal, I would be happy to consider a change for the future.”
The boys aren’t being drama queens (or kings, if you will), either. The temperatures during the current heatwave have hit the 90s all week. Who in the hell wants to wear pants when the temp is that high?
A handful of boys wore the skirts on Wednesday, but by Thursday the protest had grown to include dozens of boys. School officials reportedly told one boy on Wednesday that his skirt was too short and his legs were too hairy, so some of the young men actually shaved their legs.
While getting their point across, they’re also hilariously benefitting from the leg exposure skirts give up. One boy told the Guardian he appreciated the “nice breeze” he got from wearing a skirt.
So, what do the parents think of all this? They’ve complained about the no-shorts rule, too. One parent even said her son “almost passed out” from the heat, according to Devon Live.
“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,” she said.
The kicker here is, girls are allowed to wear skirts to school whenever they want. So, they don’t end up suffering in the summertime like the boys do.
And don’t think the boys are just rebels trying to cause commotion, either. Apparently, the boys got the idea for the protest from the headteacher herself.
One mom told the Guardian that when her son asked to wear shorts, the headteacher retorted, “Well, you can wear a skirt if you like.”
“I think she was being sarcastic,” said the mom. “However, children tend to take you literally, and because she told them it was OK, there was nothing she could do as long as they are school skirts.”
You can’t blame them for trying! Honestly, we don’t see the big deal if they wear shorts, anyway. If you’re hot, you’re hot. Why aren’t there summer uniforms?