Boy wears skirt to school as he protests over teachers' decision to ban shorts in boiling heat
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A male student rocked up to school wearing a skirt after staff introduced a strict ‘no shorts’ policy for boys, despite the recent rise in temperatures. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box, don’t you?
However, the newly introduced dress code didn’t make any similar adjustments for those who usually go into school wearing trousers - such as 13-year-old Bodhi Gillion.
So, he decided to take a stand and dress himself in a skirt before heading to classes on Thursday (15 June).
His sister Taylor, 20, told the Manchester Evening News: “Bodhi went into school without his blazer last Monday and got sent home to put it back on and come back in.
“I had told him that morning that there would be no point in him taking it because it was hot and he won’t be wearing it. It was about 30C that day.
“On Wednesday, he went in wearing shorts because of the heat and got sent home to put his trousers on. Prior to that, there was an email saying that girls could come in with skirts without tights on and short socks, so we thought he would be fine with shorts.
“We were told that shorts weren’t part of the uniform and weren’t allowed. Bodhi thought it was really unfair, so asked my mum to order a skirt for him so he could still be in uniform and be cooler in the weather.”
Taylor says that Bodhi's stand has since inspired some of his class mates to follow suit, or follow skirt, if you prefer.
“Some of his mates are going to try and go into skirts now,” Taylor added.
“They want to do it as part of a silent protest. They don’t think it’s fair.”
A spokesperson for Marple Hall School told the MEN: "We do expect students to continue to wear uniform in line with our expectations, but in periods of hot weather the school ensures that steps are taken to support students and promote their welfare.
"This includes encouraging students to bring drinks bottles and ensuring they have access to water coolers, encouraging students to stay in shaded areas at break times and ventilating and shading classrooms and allowing students to attend school without their blazer."
Marple Hall said full information on its uniform policy is available on its website.