MAGS’ stud-ban backlash
Mt Albert Grammar School’s rule banning male students from wearing ear studs has been labelled ‘‘gender stereotyping’’.
The uniform rule stating that female students are allowed to wear one plain stud on the ear lobe but male students are not allowed to wear any jewellery at all.
The decile seven school said on its website that it has a roughly 50:50 gender split.
A petition, set up by student Mia Llewellyn, is calling for the school to remove the rule and introduce a ‘‘gender equal’’ jewellery policy.
‘‘This rule is based purely on gender stereotypes and we do not think this should be enforced on students,’’ the petition says.
The petition, launched on June 14 at change.org, said male students should be able to have the same jewellery rights as females.
Thomas Wilson, who signed the petition, said he wanted to get his ear pierced without his masculinity being judged.
The petition had 263 supporters and is promoting the social media hashtags #jewelleryisgenderneutral and #letboyswearbling.
Mount Albert Grammar School Headmaster Patrick Drumm said he had not been made aware of the petition but would happily discuss with students any issues they had.
A petition has been launched protesting Mount Albert Grammar School’s rule banning male students from wearing ear studs.