A row erupted today over claims that teachers were checking pupils' underwear to make sure they comply with a new school uniform policy.Hardly surprising!
Stuart Gander's two daughters 15-year-old Chelsea Hay and 13-year-old Kirby Moore were told at a girls' assembly that coloured bras were 'offensive'.Now, I’m actually in favour of school uniform – but that stops at outerwear. What pupils choose to wear underneath it (if anything!) is down to them. And on the list of things that might be ‘offensive’, the colour of a pupil’s underwear doesn’t even make the top 500!
The 35-year-old foreman from Winchester said: 'They were told they had to wear white ones or very light pale bras and they would be spot checked.
'It's just a case of the girls putting out their bra strap and them having a look.
'It's obviously caused a bit of upset. Friends of mine have sons at the school and two days later they had an assembly about boxer shorts.'
And the idea that school staff could ask to check underwear, in this day and age, rather beggars belief…
Leanne Hosking, who has three children aged 14, 13 and 11 at the school, said her elder daughter did not like male teachers turning her around and checking her bra.Well, how very dare she! Doesn’t she realise they have the interests of the school at heart? You do as you’re told, young lady! It’s perfectly acceptable to let an authority figure check the colour of your bra, and those silly geese who complain about it being ‘creepy’ are just being overly sensitive!
A spokeswoman for the school said: 'The assembly was to bring to the attention of Year 10 girls what is appropriate dress for the working environment, preparing them for work experience.Ah, the usual response from panicked PR people when the organisation they work for has been caught indulging their inner control-freak. Flat denial. ‘No, we’re not doing what these parents have told you we’re doing.’
'There is no rule, we are not checking underwear. We are not checking girls' bra straps and we have certainly not had an assembly with any of the boys telling them what colour underwear to wear.'
Will the school now be suing these parents and the newspaper for libel, I wonder? If not, we can draw our own conclusions from that.
And ‘appropriate dress for the working environment’? Funny, I must have missed my boss conducting an ‘underwear check’ this morning…