Piers Morgan has threatened to get out of the gates of his old high school and wear a skirt while the queue over the school's controversial new gender-neutral uniforms enters the second week.
At Good Morning Britain the presenter, who attended the sixth of the Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, raged against their insistence that girls should now wear trousers as part of a new uniform.
Hundreds of students protested outside the school gate on Friday and were excluded from lessons by teachers and police officers in Sussex.
After he suggested that boys should protest in skirts in solidarity, his co-host Susannah Reid said she would like to see Morgan in a skirt, and he shot back: “You know what, maybe I'm wearing at the school gate this week & # 39;
Piers Morgan said he might protest outside the Priory School in Lewes in a skirt
Priory School alumnus Piers Morgan called for boys to become boys and girls on Friday
This morning children at school were interviewed at GMB.
Libby Murray, who started a petition against the new uniform, said: "I think it was a kind of school that called the police and so on. It was a peaceful protest. We were just the ones who wore skirts and didn't come in trousers. & # 39;
Her schoolmate Nina Cullen: "We tried to say that we wanted our education and they didn't let us get through it. They don't like the fact that girls roll up their skirts
& # 39; I don't, but many people at our school do. They have to monitor it well in many schools, girls wear skirts.
Her mother added: & # 39; Sheila Cullen: "There are boys 'pants and girls' pants, there are no skirts. If a trans-child wants to present as a woman, there are no skirts.
And Cressida Murray, Libby's mother, said: "Girls now actually have the uniform.
& # 39; We were told they could continue their current uniform two years ago, and they panicked and had enough to tell people. & # 39;
The parents added a new uniform and costs £ 111.90.
Sheila added: & # 39; & # 39; Why not choose skirts or pants? Let people just choose? & # 39;
Maria Caulfield MP told the show: & The school is very determined and says that if the young woman turns up in a skirt today, she will be out tomorrow, and the same tomorrow. Young women have the right to education. This is about skirts. Their bodies undergo changes and they want that choice to wear a skirt. & # 39;
But feminist writer Harriet Minter argued: "They may want to wear skirts, but it's a school uniform."
& # 39; Why doesn't the school have the right to say that this is the uniform? It provides a level playing field for everyone. I had to wear a kilt. & # 39;
Libby Murray and Nina Cullen, two Priority students protesting the change, were accompanied by their mothers at GMB
Lewes MP Maria Caulfield (left) supported the parents, while feminist writer Harriet Minter said that schools should be given the option to set any desired uniform code
The presenter threatened to join the demonstrators outside the school gates – in a skirt
On Friday, police and teachers were criticized for closing school gates for school children protesting against a new & # 39; gender neutral & # 39; uniform policy, which allowed students to roam the streets of the city of Sussex.
According to an eyewitness, officers were actually involved in selecting which students could come in and which would be blocked. He said: & # 39; It was like they were bouncers – they waved a bit and stopped others. & # 39;
Around lunchtime, a group of about 50 students were seen wandering through the streets of the city, still with their placards of the morning's protest.
Maria Caulfield MP said she would speak with Sussex police commissioner Giles York and police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne.
On Twitter there was an outburst of anger and ridicule with a man who claimed to be a former officer who said that a request to maintain rules for school uniforms would have been laughed out of his room in his days.
The Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, forced all students to wear pants in 2017 after & # 39; concerns & # 39; had risen over the length of skirts – and to take care of transgender pupils.
It has brought a completely gender-neutral uniform and yesterday the headmaster warned that students would be sent home if they didn't wear it.
Parents of older students are furious because they are instructed to buy completely new uniforms for their children for just two and a half periods.
On Friday, the children waved signs outside the school gates to protest against the & # 39; meaningless & # 39; and & # 39; silly & # 39; policy and the waste of previously purchased clothing.
The signs said: & # 39; Fashion is the second largest contributor to climate change & # 39; and & # 39; 1000 & # 39; s wasted on new clothing & # 39 ;.
Another read & # 39; £ 100 for 1 uniform for 9 months is not sustainable. & # 39;
Pupils and parents protested this morning outside the Priory School in Lewes about the uniforms
The children held up signs and pointed to the waste of policy at the Lewes school
An eyewitness said police officers & # 39; behave like bouncers & # 39; wave by students who are well dressed and prevent others from entering the school or taking lessons
In a statement, the school said: & # 39; Priory School Uniform is designed as a practical uniform that encourages students to focus on their school work and activities.
& # 39; Our uniform also helps us to dilute the status of expensive clothing or labels and challenge the belief that we are determined by what we wear.
& # 39; Instead, we encourage individual beliefs, ideas, passions and well-being and an ethos of companionship reflected in this shared experience.
# We believe that a uniform worn without adjustment is the best way to ensure equality. We do not want children to feel vulnerable and stressed by the pressure they feel to wear or to have the latest trend or status symbol.
& # 39; Priory school is not unusual in having pants as a uniform for all students. There are at least 40 other schools that have a similar uniform requirement.
& # 39; Our primary goal remains the quality of teaching and learning and we strive to achieve this by maximizing the time spent planning, delivering and evaluating the quality of the facilities. & # 39;
Female students thought they should be able to choose what to wear to attend classes
The new uniforms as shown in a mock-up sent to parents. Parents of older students complain that for a & # 39; few conditions & # 39; have to buy a new uniform for their children
The Priory School in Lewes, pictured, said the new uniform was designed to cater for transgender sex students, although parents claim that the original plan was only to oblige new starters to wear the uniform
A Sussex police spokesperson said: & # 39; The police went to Mountfield Road, Lewes on Friday morning, where a group of about 100 adults and children protested.
& # 39; Officers contacted the demonstrators and they left the area shortly thereafter. No violations have been reported. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Two PCSO & # 39; s from the Sussex police were present to facilitate peaceful protest and were not involved in the operation of the school gate or the decision-making process about who was admitted to the school or not . That was a matter for the school staff. & # 39;
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