The boys at the Isca Academy in Exeter, England, are forbidden from wearing anything but the approved school uniform—that means no shorts, despite temperatures reaching nearly 90 degrees. But while school policy doesn’t allow boys to wear shorts, it doesn’t say anything about skirts, and thus a revolution was born.
It all started when a 14-year-old boy asked a school administrator if he could wear shorts because of the summer heat. The administrator refused and told him he’d get detention for a week if he did it. She also sarcastically told him, “Well, you can wear a skirt if you like.” And that was all the boy needed to hear.
A handful of boys came to school wearing skirts the following day. One of them was reprimanded for having hairy legs, and another was scolded for showing too much skin. But the rebellion quickly caught on and more boys started coming to school wearing “breezy” skirts.
“The boys see the women teachers in sandals and nice cool skirts and tops while they are wearing long trousers and shoes and the older boys have to wear blazers. They just think it’s unfair that they can’t wear shorts in this heat,” a parent told The Guardian.
Unsurprisingly, the protest has gone viral and it seems the world approves of the skirt rebellion.
Good luck to the lads. Shame on the teaching staff for not showing some common sense.— Berni (@BikerBerni) June 22, 2017
Ridiculous draconian rule. Good work lads! 👍🏻— Amanda Williamson (@Amanda_Exeter) June 22, 2017
I'd be really proud of my students if they chose to protest like this. It highlights the issue pointedly but in a humorous way. 10/10— Deborah (@Prufrockery) June 22, 2017
The skirt revolution was a huge success and the school’s administration is reportedly reviewing the uniform policy.