Simone Cariss might wear the pants at home, but her daughter Asha can now happily wear them at school after the Melbourne mum’s petition prompted a uniform switch that had forced girls to only wear tunics or dresses.
Asha, a grade one student at Melbourne’s Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, asked to wear pants because she was uncomfortable in the heavy winter tunic and thick stockings when playing sport at school.
But the school denied the request, prompting Simone to put together a petition, which secured more than 9000 signatures within three days, The Age reports.
The overwhelming support and media coverage resulted in the school backing down, with the school’s principal calling Simone on Monday to give the green light for Asha to wear pants.
Simone has even been invited to join the school’s uniform committee to have input on changes to its policy.
She hopes other schools have the same change-of-heart.
“There should be choice for girls to wear pants at all schools,” she says. “I think it’s important that schools are as gender neutral as possible.
(via The Age, image via Facebook)