Taichung girls school students demand right to wear shorts
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.