No shorts allowed, so British school boys wear skirts to school in sweltering heat

Students at Isca Academy in Britain wore skirts to school in protest of not being allowed to wear shorts in hot weather.
Students at Isca Academy in Britain wore skirts to school in protest of not being allowed to wear shorts in hot weather. PHOTO: TWITTER/SIMON HALL

DEVON - School boys in Exeter are donning skirts in a protest against their school's policy of banning shorts even in the hot summer weather.

Britain is experiencing a record heat wave this June with the temperature hitting 34.5 deg C at Heathrow on Wednesday (June 21). It is the country's highest June temperature in 40 years.

About 50 teenage boys at the ISCA Academy in South West England this week wore girls' uniforms to school.

A small number of boys started the protest on Tuesday, Devon Live reported.

One was reportedly told to change his skirt because it was too short, and another because his legs were too hairy, the local news site said.

On Wednesday, some of the boys shaved their legs on their way to school.

A mother told Devon Live: "My son wanted to wear shorts but was told he would be put in the isolation room for the rest of the week.

"The head teacher told them 'Well you can wear a skirt if you like' but I think she was being sarcastic. However children tend to take you literally and so five boys turned up in skirts today - and because she told them it was ok there was nothing she could do as long as they are school skirts."

Another mother complained that the school rules were unfair: "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 unauthorised absence.

 

"The girls are allowed to wear skirts all year round so I think it's completely unfair that the boys can't wear shorts."

The school has said it will reconsider its school uniform policy.

School boys are not the only people who are feeling the heat.

A Buckinghamshire call-centre worker, Joey Barge, turned up in a dress after being sent home from work for wearing bermudas.

His tweets documenting the incident went viral.

Bus drivers in France have also been ditching their pants for skirts.

The drivers told the local Presse Ocean news site they envied women who were able to wear skirts in the heat wave, according to BBC.