In an attempt to stop bullying due to economic inequality, a secondary school in England has banned designer coats.
The decision has sparked a debate about whether this is the right response to bullying.
Woodchurch High School is removing the option for students to wear high end coats. The ban includes brands such as Canada Goose, Moncler, and Pyrenex.
The coats can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.
School bans designer coats to stop 'poverty shaming' https://t.co/1x94dGCzZ1— The Independent (@The Independent)1542303181.0
Headteacher Rebekah Phillips told The Independent:
"We are very concerned about the fact that our children put a lot of pressure on parents to buy them expensive coats,"
"They feel stigmatised, they feel left out, they feel inadequate."
There is a lot of support for the ban.
@LivEchonews Everyone should just get UNIFORMS— Apoorva should be studying right now (@Apoorva should be studying right now)1542456944.0
@Independent Very good decision by school authorities.— Haroon Pathan (@Haroon Pathan)1542587170.0
@YouGov I agree. The things that kids use to get bullied for when I was at school were ridiculous; shoes, hair styl… https://t.co/B7JzOZH4lp— Dr Gill Mountford (@Dr Gill Mountford)1542450347.0
@LivEchonews Canada Goose brand should be banned outright. They have no problem with torture of animals in their ma… https://t.co/Sc1DMYcVdE— Dann Alexander (@Dann Alexander)1542453200.0
@YouGov There is a reason we have uniforms .. even coats should be in school colours and standardised— Dhowal 🇾🇪 (@Dhowal 🇾🇪)1542456325.0
@LivEchonews Good. All kids should be in uniforms supplied by the school. Mum went to a posh school that was a fash… https://t.co/c4aJo7bNmP— William Radar Ears (@William Radar Ears)1542451147.0
However, others saw this as an inadequate solution.
The thought process is that, while many schools can put dress codes in place to prevent many kinds of clothing comparisons, it does not address the empathy students should engage with each other.
@Priinc3ss_LuLu I think this is a terrible idea. It’s almost shaming the students who can afford it. Yes, fashion h… https://t.co/2t7LBjpFya— Zz. (@Zz.)1542423230.0
@YouGov This doesn’t make any sense because the same can be applied to grades. Certain people get higher grades and… https://t.co/AhPYDPXEmr— maaz (@maaz)1542467415.0
@Independent What ever happened to teaching children not to covet what is on someone else's plate???!! Just another… https://t.co/30YNqvXoE2— Lotusmonkey (@Lotusmonkey)1542303755.0
@LivEchonews Kids will always find something to bully over. If it's not the coat, it will be the shoes or a haircu… https://t.co/msCJd1yHHI— Amy Taylor (@Amy Taylor)1542548671.0
Most parents have backed the decision to ban the coats.
Requests for the designer clothing can often increase the cost of already expensive schooling. The decision was even suggested by some of the students themselves.
The ban will go into place after the Christmas break.