Chris Whitehead, Schoolboy Who Wore Skirt To School, Up For Human Rights Award

Chris Whitehead

Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 21/11/11 09:54 Updated: 21/11/11 17:02

Chris Whitehead, the schoolboy who wore a skirt to school in the summer to protest a ban on shorts, is in with a chance of winning Liberty's human rights award.

The 13-year-old wore his sister's skirt to his school in Cambridgeshire in May because he felt forcing boys to wear long trousers during the summer affected their concentration levels and ability to learn. Following his two-day demonstration, Whitehead will find out on Tuesday whether he has won the young person of the year award.

The pupil at Impington Village College near Cambridge took a stand to highlight the school's rule, which he felt was discriminatory.

"In the summer months, girl students are allowed to wear skirts but boys are not allowed to wear shorts", Whitehead explained.

"I was really surprised because I didn't realise what a positive effect it would have", he told Cambridge News. "I am sure there will be other people there who are also very worthy of awards and I am looking forward to meeting them."

The schoolboy's demonstration prompted the college to review its uniform policy.

His father Brian added they were "absolutely delighted" about the nomination.

Whitehead, of Histon, Cambridgeshire, is up against activist and journalist Zin Derfoufi and Abigail Stepnitz of the Poppy Project for women, and is the youngest nominee on the shortlist.

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