Everyone is getting introduced to protests at an early age in 2017, but a group of elementary school boys from Exeter may have mastered the practice.
At Isca Academy in Exeter, England, temperatures have been reaching summer highs of nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the boys still aren’t allowed to wear shorts.
Thirty-year-old Claire Reeves, whose son attends the academy, told Devon Live on Tuesday:
“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.”
On the other hand, the dress code favors girls during the hot weather, allowing them the luxury of skirts. So a group of 50 to 70 boys took what the rules were giving them, and showed up in the female attire.
One boy added: “I’m not in sitting lessons in the boiling weather in trousers.” He also made the argument, an apt one for 2017, on the grounds of gender equality. “Boys and girls should have the same rights anywhere in the world,” he said.
The boys received almost unanimous positive support from onlookers and parents, surely making an impact on the administration for the future.
The head teacher of Isca Academy wasn’t about to change the rule immediately but conceded: “However, with hotter weather becoming more normal, I would be happy to consider a change for the future.”
Boys at Isca Academy in Exeter wear skirts to school in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts in hot weather. pic.twitter.com/XHrffnSQEN
— Simon Hall (@SimonHallNews) June 22, 2017
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