Schoolboy (16) wears sister’s skirt to school to protest after being sent home for wearing shorts

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

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

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

Shane Richardson, 16, borrowed the clothes from his 12-year-old sister, Lexi, after Moffat Academy staff claimed the dress code was pants or a skirt.

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

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

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

Shane said: ‘There is currently no air-conditioning in the classroom turned on due to Covid, so it’s very hot.

“Like a few others, I was sent home for wearing shorts, so I decided to wear my sister Lexi’s skirt.

“The teachers didn’t tell me about wearing a skirt, and neither did the taxi driver who picks us up in the morning and takes us to school.”

Shane’s mother Hayley, 34, described the line as “ridiculous.”

Hayley said: ‘In addition to Shane and about 12 other boys, some girls were also sent home for wearing shorts.

“It’s sweltering hot outside, so not being 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 hadn't told him about wearing a skirt (pictured together)

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

“They have just returned to school after the lockdown and it won’t be long before the summer break on June 24, so it’s important that their education is there.

“Because of this weather, they sit in a hot classroom for hours and the air conditioning is turned off because of the Covid-19 regulations.”

Hayley added: “There is now a parent committee meeting to discuss this via a Zoom call.

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

“But the date is close to the end of school and many parents feel it should be pushed forward to arrange it.”

His mother Hayley, 34, rejected Moffat Academy's 'ridiculous' rule, now under review

His mother Hayley, 34, rejected Moffat Academy’s ‘ridiculous’ rule, now under review

Dumfries and Galloway Council said Moffat Academy’s current unified policy has been in effect for several years.

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

“While this commitment is underway, students have been reminded to adhere to agreed policies that will enable the school to maintain high standards and excellence before any changes are made.

‘An update to the Parents’ Council in response to this engagement is already planned for June 16.’

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