August 28, 2009

Catholic schoolgirls’ kilts in decline

In response to Catholic high school girls' insistence on hiking their plaid kilt uniform hemlines higher, more Toronto-area schools are doing away with kilts.

Various Catholic school boards around Toronto have decided to eliminate the traditional kilt as an increasing number of girls have flouted the 6 inches above the kneecap rule, the Toronto Star reported Friday.

Bruce Campbell of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board told the Star only six of the board's 25 schools now require the kilts after numerous incidents and complaints.

We're in the business of educating kids and shouldn't have to spend a disproportionate of time enforcing this part of the uniform, he said.

Further west, of the Halton district, two of eight Catholic high schools have done away with kilts and two others are in the process, the report said.

Toronto uniform supplier R.J. McCarthy's National Sales Manager Gary Serra said kilt sales are in decline, although the company offers an X-Kilt as an alternative.

Serra said it's a traditional kilt with built-in shorts that helps with the modesty factor.