Students at ISCA College in Exeter were suffering from the extreme heat, especially since boys are not allowed to wear shorts, even though teachers and female students can wear skirts. One teacher (Probably being sarcastic) told the boys they could wear skirts. The next day five boys did weart skirts. Only one of them was punished because his skirt was too short and some of the teachers found it to be a distraction. Some of them may have been getting hot and bothered by the sight.
After the teenagers turned up in their skirts, the school said they were considering changing the policy.
Today, one student claimed he was told to change his skirt because it was too short while another said it was because his legs were too hairy.
They added that some of the older boys brought pink razors from a local shop and shaved their legs on the way to school.
Teenager Josh Baxter said: ‘I wore a skirt yesterday and was told to take it off because I had hairy legs.’
Another boy added: ‘I liked wearing it yesterday. It was a nice breeze.’
Parent Claire Reeves, 30, said: ‘The girls are allowed to wear skirts all year round so I think it’s completely unfair that the boys can’t wear shorts.
‘Boys just don’t have the option and I am just really concerned about how the heat is going to affect him.’
Another mother with a 14-year-old son at the school said: ‘My son wanted to wear shorts but was told he would be put in the isolation room for the rest of the week.
‘They just think it’s unfair that they can’t wear shorts in this heat.
‘They are doing this to cool down – but also to protest because they don’t feel they have been listened to.’
Headteacher Miss Aimee Mitchell said they are considering revising the school uniform policy.
She said: ‘We recognise 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.
‘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.’