Students Take Off Uniform Skirts for Rights to Wear Shorts

Students Take Off Uniform Skirts for Rights to Wear Shorts
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The students shouted, "Equal rights to men and women, shorts are innocent," and "There is no PE class today, but I want to wear sportswear." Students at the scene immediately recorded the incident with their smartphones and uploaded the video clips to Facebook.

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CNA reports, in protest of school uniform regulations, many students of National Taichung Girl’s High School (TCGS) took off their skirts to reveal gym shorts in front of the entire school during the morning assembly. Other students also shouted slogans to support the event.

The students shouted, “Equal rights to men and women, shorts are innocent," and “There is no PE class today, but I want to wear sportswear." Students at the scene immediately recorded the incident with their smartphones and uploaded the video clips to Facebook.

Liberty Times reports, Taichung Girl’s High School requests the students to wear uniforms decently when entering school grounds. Clothes that are inappropriate are not allowed. The students say it is inconvenient and unreasonable to label gym shorts as prohibited items, therefore they arranged a protest at the morning assembly.

TCGS student newspaper “Crocodile” says, the definition of uniform means unified clothing regulated by the school, so gym clothes distributed by schools is also a kind of uniform. The students hope the school can legalize gym clothes so that they can wear more casual clothing even on days they don’t have PE.

The student newspaper also says, a few years ago, the student association conducted surveys regarding wearing gym shorts entering the school. Results showed the supporting rate reached up to 72.4%, but was rejected to pass by the school without reasonable response. After that, the student association continued to survey the issue and has negotiated with the school for several years, yet the proposal still hasn’t passed.

The student newspaper points out, the school says it will summon meetings as soon as possible and give an answer, but it is obviously trying to fool the students. If the school has really heard the students’ voices, “Why can’t the results meet with most people’s expectations?"

“Crocodile" says media has reported that the school says it will accept different voices and will not punish students. However, the school talked to the protest organizer before the event several times and even summoned class leaders and class representatives to persuade the students not to join the event the day before this incident. The school did not respect different opinions and positions like it claims it did.

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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