Taichung girls school stu­dents de­mand right to wear shorts

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Na­tional Taichung Girls Se­nior High School stu­dents wore shorts to school Wed­nes­day or switched to shorts in front of the school to un­der­score their de­mand for the right to wear shorts.

Re­spond­ing to a “wear shorts to school to­day” cam­paign on Face­book, stu­dents wore shorts or changed into them when they started to ar­rive at school at 7 a. m.

They were i mme­di­ately marked down for vi­o­lat­ing school reg­u­la­tions on dress code by drill­mas­ters. If marked down four times, the stu­dents will get a warn­ing or be forced into do­ing school ser­vice.

The stu­dents have been de­mand­ing the right to wear shorts. Last week dur­ing a flag- rais­ing cer­e­mony, scores of them re­moved their skirts to dis­play shorts un­der­neath, shout­ing the slo­gans “equal rights for men and women” and “it’s no sin to wear shorts.”

The stu­dents said that wear­ing uni­forms or sweat pants is too hot and that it is not con­ve­nient when they need to get changed. They ques­tioned why the school will not al­low them to wear shorts.

In re­sponse, school prin­ci­pal Lu Pei- chuan said he re­spects the stu­dents’ views, but added that re­vi­sions to school reg­u­la­tions must fol­low rel­e­vant pro­ce­dures.

The school is­sued a state­ment to say that it has eased school reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing dress code since 2013. Af­ter Lu, pre­vi­ously the head of Na­tional Yuan­lin Se­nior High School, as­sumed the post in Au­gust, he formed a dress eti­quette task force to ad­dress the is­sue, which first met Oct. 1.

Since the school has a mech­a­nism for dis­cussing the is­sue and the stu­dents can present their views through the school coun­cil, the is­sue should be dis­cussed in a meet­ing of the task force, and the school, based on the prin­ci­ples of “re­spect, tol­er­ance and plu­ral­ism,” will let the stu­dents fully ex­press their views, it said.

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