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British schoolboys wore skirts during heat wave to protest their school dress code

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Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. (Twitter/@SimonHallNews)

Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. (Twitter/@SimonHallNews)

During a record-breaking heat wave in Britain on Thursday, a group of teenage boys responded to their school's "no shorts" policy by wearing skirts instead.

Students at Isca Academy in Exeter, England, argued it was just too hot to wear pants.

So, they borrowed spare skirts from their female classmates. Temperatures reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit (nearly 27 C) that day.

According to Devon Live, one of the boys was sent home, because his skirt was "too short."

"If the Queen said that the people ... at this thing doing the royal stuff ... could take off their jackets for like the first time in 100 years or something, then surely we should be allowed not to wear trousers in the summer," one boy told local media site Devon Live.

He was referring to changes made to strict dress rules for racegoers attending the Royal Ascot.

He added that wearing the skirt was "quite refreshing."

Some guys are posting photos of themselves in skirts to support the boys.

The school released a "hot weather statement" in response:

"We recognize that the last few days have been exceptionally hot and we are doing our utmost to enable both students and staff to remain as comfortable as possible through the following adjustments."

The school has no plans of making changes to the dress code to include shorts until "consulting both students and their families."


  The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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