Stylish schoolboy turns up in sister’s skirt to protest shorts ban on hot day

A brave teenager has turned up to school in his sister's skirt after he and his pals were sent home for wearing shorts on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Shane Richardson branded the decision to order youngsters home to change as the mercury rose earlier this week "ridiculous".

Teachers at Moffat Academy in Edinburgh told him the strict dress code prevented boys from wearing anything other than black trousers, the Daily Record reports.

The 16-year-old took full advantage of the policy for girls though, with school bosses permitting skirts to be worn.

And after borrowing clothes from sister Lexi, 12, the teenager arrived on time for class in his new outfit to show his disdain for the rules.

He told the Daily Record: "There’s no air conditioning switched on in the classrooms 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.”

A parent council meeting has been scheduled for later this month to consult on amending the dress code, but council bosses in Dumfries and Galloway say the policy has been entrenched for several years.

Mum Hayley was similarly bemused by the rules, adding: “As well as Shane and about 12 other boys, some girls have also been sent home for wearing shorts.

"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.

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"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.”

A council spokesperson said it was "time the policy was reviewed", adding: “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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