Nova Scotia school board defends short shorts ban

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, Last Updated: 1:54 PM ET

A Nova Scotia school board is defending its decision to tell students wearing short shorts to change their clothes.

Julia Roberts-Davison of Truro, N.S., has started a petition online after her Grade 8 daughter was told not to wear her cut-off jean shorts to school again. Other girls were also told to change their clothes.

"I was told that their shorts are a distraction to the learning environment. That morning, the students were told that their shorts are a distraction to male students and teachers," Roberts-Davison wrote in her Change.org petition.

"My daughter is not an object to be ogled. This is the worst possible thing that you can tell a teenage girl: you can't wear shorts because you're a distraction."

But the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is defending the decision, telling the Truro Daily News they use the fingertip test -- students are asked to put their hands down at their sides and their shorts cannot be shorter than their fingertips.

In a photo Roberts-Davison sent to the paper, it shows her daughter's shorts reach the end of her curled-up fingers.

In responding to messages on its Facebook page, a board spokesperson noted students are allowed to wear shorts that are "appropriate for a school setting."

The board added: "If a student wears an article of clothing that is not appropriate — pants that ride too low or muscle shirts, for example — then a conversation happens with the student and his/her parent or guardian. If possible, the student is asked to change into something more appropriate."

Critics on Facebook are calling on the school board to rethink the ban on short shorts.

Clare Prowse called it "absolutely appalling. This is Nova Scotia, not Saudi Arabia."


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