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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.

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.

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.

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.

H/T: The Independent, Liverpool Echo, LADbible

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