Boys can now wear skirts after school adopts 'gender-neutral' policy
Boys at a school in Ireland can now wear skirts if they desire, after a gender neutral policy was adopted that allows for students to wear what they want.
St Brigid's National School in Wicklow (which is based south of Dublin) has agreed to put forward the proposal by the student council, according to DublinLive. Now, children are free to dress in any manner according to the gender they feel most comfortable as, and the new directive will reportedly take effect starting from next September, at the beginning of the school year.
It's also reported that another of the proposals that will be implemented at St Brigid's involves taking down the boy and girl signs at the school toilets, which the school hopes will make children feel more comfortable.
Principal Maire Costello explained that some young children were now questioning their identities from much earlier on, and that the aim was to ensure that plenty of children were able to have a happy experience during that vital period of self-discovery.
"If that means girls wearing trousers or boys wearing skirts, so be it," she said. "The most important thing is that children should feel comfortable and happy over how they are dressed."
Costello says the reaction has been mostly positive over the changes, and has heaped praise on her school staff for their execution of the new procedures. "I’m very proud of them. They did their research and surveyed pupils ... they made the case to the board who were fully behind them," Costello explained.