Boy wears sister's school skirt to protest being sent home for shorts

Scottish schoolboy, 16, wears his sister’s SKIRT to school to protest strict dress code after he was sent home for wearing shorts on ‘sweltering’ hot day

  • Shane Richardson, 16, was sent home by teachers for wearing shorts to school
  • Teen borrowed his 12-year-old sister Lexi’s school skirt to protest dress code
  • His mother slammed rule at Moffat Academy in Scotland which is under review

A schoolboy from Scotland wore his sister’s skirt to school to protest the strict dress code after he was sent home for wearing shorts on one of the hottest days of the year.

Shane Richardson, 16, borrowed the clothing from his 12-year-old sister, Lexi, after staff at Moffat Academy insisted the dress code was either trousers or a skirt.

He claimed he was one of around 13 boys sent home for wearing shorts by teachers at the school in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway.

Shane Richardson, 16, from Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland was sent home by teachers for wearing shorts to school on a ‘sweltering’ hot day as they were against the dress code

Following the youngster’s protest, Dumfries and Galloway Council has decided to review the school’s dress code.

Shane said: ‘There’s no air conditioning switched on in the classroom 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.

‘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, 34, described the rule as ‘ridiculous’.

Hayley 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.

The teen borrowed his 12-year-old sister Lexi’s school skirt to protest the strict dress code and said the teachers haven’t said anything to him about wearing a skirt (pictured together)

‘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.’

Hayley added: ‘There is now going to be a parents committee meeting to discuss this on a Zoom call.

‘It takes place on June 16, but I am actually going to miss it because I work night shifts as a lorry driver.

‘But the date is close to the school winding up and a lot of parents think it should be brought forward to get it sorted.’

His mother Hayley, 34, slammed the ‘ridiculous’ rule at Moffat Academy which is now under review

Dumfries and Galloway Council said the current uniform policy at Moffat Academy has been in place for several years.

A spokesman added: ‘Feedback from young people, parents and carers to the school has indicated that it is time to review the policy and make changes.

‘Whilst this engagement is ongoing, pupils have been reminded to adhere to the agreed policy which enables the school to maintain high standards and excellence before any changes are finalised.

‘An update to the parent council following this engagement has already been scheduled for June 16.’ 

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