A note school in Scotland asked male and female students and teachers to wear skirts in class to “promote equality”.
“We want our school to be inclusive and promote equality,” an email from Castleview Primary in Edinburgh told parents, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday. Boys as young as 3 were invited to participate, the outlet noted.
The email adds that the school wants children to be “comfortable” and that leggings or other pants can be worn under skirts. Skirts will even be offered to students who do not have them in their possession, the Daily Mail reported.
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“We want to get the message across that clothes have no gender and that we should all be free to express ourselves as we wish,” the teachers wrote in a message to parents, according to the outlet.
The announcement follows protests in Spain last year after a teenager allegedly wore a skirt to a school in the country and was sent to a psychologist about it and kicked out of the school. On November 4 last year, male students and county teachers wore skirts to school to support the student, and the date is now known as “wear a skirt for the day of school ”.
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‘Today is’ wear a skirt to school’ in Spain and this year Castleview Primary in Edinburgh is encouraging staff and students to participate in ‘breaking gender stereotypes’ and’ promoting equality ‘ BBC Scotland tweeted Thursday. P6-level students at Castleview, the equivalent of fifth-graders in the United States, reportedly came up with the idea after the protests in Spain.
Responses to the tweet ranged from criticism of Castleview for celebrating ‘wearing a skirt to school’ to people supporting the day.
“So Castleview needs a new principal the teachers are there to teach not too much about the genre”, one A Twitter user posted.
“My son goes to this school and decided he wanted to wear a skirt for support. These children should be praised, not frowned upon. I can’t believe the dastardly and stubborn comments some people have made. These kids and the school are amazing. and cover many topics ”, a parent on Twitter said.
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“Wear a skirt for the school day” and students are encouraged to participate in “breaking gender stereotypes” and “promoting equality”, they are to be commended so that boys and staff who will not wear skirts at school today to promote equality be frowned upon? ” another user tweeted.
Edinburgh City Council said students were not obliged to participate if they did not want to, and noted that the city is “fully committed to promoting equality”.
“As the capital of Scotland, we are fully committed to promoting equality and diversity, and want to increase respect, tolerance and understanding, especially in our schools,” said the Council spokesperson. from Edinburgh, evening Edinburgh News reported Thursday.
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“The school has had positive feedback from parents, but students are not obligated to participate if they don’t want to,” the board added.
Although the new “Skirt School Day” is celebrated in Europe, it does not appear to be celebrated in schools in the United States.