Shake a tail feather baby! Schools that refuse to relax their strict dress code in searing heat refuse to let young boys wear shorts. However, they are finding that astute young pupils have their own way of dealing with the problem.
The 14 year old boys of Isca College Exeter askedif they could wear shorts, but were firmly told they had to stick to school rules. A jocular remark that they were free to wear skirts was taken seriously by five bright sparks, who turned up in girls skirts. The next day, the rebellion had swelled to 30.
One boy was told his skirt was too short while another was blamed for his hairy legs but soon razors were being used and the number wearing skirts rose to 50 boys.
It’s nice and cool, said several pupils breezily. Boys who said they would wear shorts were threatened with a week in the isolation room, so wearing skirts was a neat answer to the dilemma. As long as they are school skirts, the school can’t do a thing, and the boys have provided a brilliant example of peaceful protest.