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School Announces Dress Code U-Turn After Teenage Boy Wears Sister’s Skirt

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School Announces Dress Code U-Turn After Teenage Boy Wears Sister’s Skirt

The school that sent a student home for wearing shorts on one of the hottest days of year has completed a uniform review after the same boy turned up wearing his sister's skirt.

Moffat Academy has now announced that pupils can wear whatever is smart and comfortable as long as the items of clothing are in keeping with the school colours.

Shane Richardson. Credit: Reach
Shane Richardson. Credit: Reach

The move comes after 16-year-old Shane Richardson was sent home for wearing shorts leading to him borrowing his sister's skirt as the rules stated that pupils should either wear a skirt or pair of trousers.

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During a recent Zoom meeting with parents the school - which is located in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland - revealed that they would be relaxing the uniform policy.

As long as students continue to rock their white shirt and school ties, they have other choices for their bottom half - which includes shorts.

Parent Teacher Association chairman, Alistair Tait, told the Daily Record : "It's a really good outcome for everybody and changing the policy was the right thing to do.

"There had been some strong feelings about it, but after a consultation with young people, staff and parents, the dress policy has now been updated."

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Credit: Reach
Credit: Reach

Shane was sent home earlier this month after him and some friends ignored the previous rules in order to stay cool, claiming that wearing trousers was too hot.

Speaking to The Daily Record at the time, the teenager said: "There's no air conditioning switched on in the classrooms just now because of Covid so it's really hot.

"Like a few others, I was sent home for wearing shorts so I decided to start wearing my sister Lexi's skirt.

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"The teachers haven't said anything to me about wearing a skirt and neither has the taxi driver who picks us up and takes us to school in the morning."

Shane's mum Hayley hit out at the school, saying it was 'ridiculous' not to allow male pupils to wear shorts.

The 34-year-old said: "As well as Shane and about 12 other boys, some girls have also been sent home for wearing shorts.

"It's been sweltering outside so for them not to be able to wear smart shorts to school is ridiculous.

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"They are just back at school after lockdown and it's not long until it winds up on June 24 for the summer holidays, so it's important for their education to be there.

"This weather has meant they are sitting in a hot classroom for hours and the air conditioning is switched off because of the Covid-19 regulations."

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Topics: Community, UK

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