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A primary school has sparked outrage by asking both female and male pupils to wear skirts to school.
The plea from leaders at Castleview Primary School in Edinburgh was made in a bid to “promote equality”, reports the Daily Record.
The initiative was launched after a male pupil at a school in Spain was expelled for wearing a skirt to class.
Children in the P6 class at the Scottish school who saw the story decided to wear skirts in to help teach “tolerance and respect”, and the school agreed it was a good idea.
But the school came in for harsh criticism online.
On Twitter, @Dotsy1978 wrote: “Thankfully my kids are not part of ur (sic) school.
“U should keep ur deranged thoughts to yourself and not thrust them on to primary school children (sic).
And @Littlemissaudi tweeted: “I sincerely hope the Castleview parents have the good sense to refuse to go along with this nonsense.”
@pooh_654, who claims to have had a child at the school, said: “I’m so relieved that my last child left school this year so I don’t have the added stress of all this kind of rubbish to deal with.”
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A spokesman for the Edinburgh Council, which oversees the school, said: “As Scotland's capital city we are fully committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are keen to increase respect, tolerance and understanding especially in our schools.
“We want to ensure all our schools are inclusive and Castleview are carrying out a lot of positive work to promote equality across all their year groups.
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“As part of this work their P6s came across the 'Clothes Have No Gender' campaign which started in Spain last year after a pupil was expelled from school for wearing a skirt.
“They asked if the school could do something similar to the show of support in Spain and raise awareness of what they have been learning in class.
“The school has had positive feedback from parents however pupils don't have to take part if they don't want to.”
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