Schoolboy up for human rights award after skirt protest

Chris Whitehead’s two-day demonstration against shorts ban lands him top nomination

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A schoolboy who wore a skirt to lessons in protest of a ban on boys wearing shorts in the summer has been nominated for a human rights prize.

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Chris Whitehead, who attends Impington Village College, is on the shortlist for Liberty’s ‘Human Rights Young Person of the Year’ award following his two-day demonstration.

The 13-year-old hit the headlines in May when he turned up wearing his sister’s knee-length skirt because he believed wearing long trousers in the heat affects boys’ concentration levels and their ability to learn.

“I was really surprised because I didn’t realise what a positive effect it would have on so many people,” said Chris, reports the Metro.

“It was a surprise to know he was nominated but we’re absolutely delighted,” added Chris’ dad, Brian.

Chris, from Histon, Cambridgeshire, is the youngest nominee on the shortlist and will find out whether he is the winner at the Southbank Centre in London tomorrow.

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