A private school in Tours bans little boys from wearing skirts

In early June, a private Catholic school in Tours banned two young boys, ages 4 and 6, from attending classes because they wore skirts. Parents do not understand the decision of the Diocesan Center, which says it is “connected to respecting the codes that govern society.”

At the Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc school in Tours, skirts are reserved for little girls. The Diocesan leadership resolved the issue last week, after a meeting with parents of two young boys who did not attend class and separated from the rest of their classmates in early June. Because they were wearing a skirt and a dress.

“At home, at the leisure center, at the weekend in the park, our 6 year old boy likes to wear skirts or dresses. He likes sequins, varnishes, princess dresses and my second (4 year olds) they wear them regularly. Absolutely no problem, “Emlyn told BFMTV.com, the father of two young boys and a 4-year-old girl.

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When her son asks her if she can wear a skirt to school, Emlyn goes back to the institution, but refuses at first because “it’s not practical for sports.” Parents comply and give their boys Bermuda shorts, but quickly realize that their little friends have been allowed to come after the skirts. “We thought it was unfair so we asked the agency again, which told us to wait and then didn’t really follow.”

So in the face of her son’s insistence, one morning in May, she let him go to school in a skirt. But that same evening, Emelin is summoned by the director in the presence of a psychologist who lets him know that he must “take the time to prepare his son before he leaves in the morning.”

Rebelt in early June, when the father of the family again allowed his sons to dress as they wished. That day, Emelin presents herself wearing a skirt at the school gate as a sign of demand. A scene has been immortalized by our colleagues since Friday, June 3rd The new republic. But that day, the two children were kept away from the rest of their classmates, even outside the classroom, during lunch breaks. Their sister has the right to go to class.

“It bothers me that they were so far removed, it seems completely incompatible with my wife and me,” said Emlyn, who regrets that education has to go through such gender norms. “When we look at what is currently being done in Nordic countries like Sweden in terms of gender-neutral education, we tell ourselves that we are far behind in France,” the couple notes.

“More suitable location for our time”

Although the parents were received a few days later by Bernard Le Floch, director of the Diocesan Center. A 30-minute conversation that was considered “sterile” by Emilian at the end of which both parties would not be able to come to an agreement and which would persuade Emily and Roxanne to keep their three children in public at the beginning of the next school year.

“We were told that students should come to school in ‘appropriate attire’, and not respect the educational project of the institution wearing skirts,” reported the student’s father, who lamented that the institution “remained in the camp for the most part” to adapt to our time, and It could go as far as dismissing students voluntarily. ” “No one asks the concubine how she will dress, nor the director of diocesan,” he noted.

Bernard Le Floch, contacted by BFMTV.com, acknowledged that the Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc school’s internal regulations in black and white do not stipulate that boys are not allowed to wear skirts. “A regulation is never complete. This is the first time in my 40-year career that I have faced such a situation,” explained the director of the Diocesan Center, who said he “never thought of writing it. Rules.”

“Personally, they do what they want.”

“Whether we like it or not, whether we regret it or not, we still have the social code in France, the dress code”, defended Bernard Le Floch in our microphone, anxious to calm the situation, which still recognizes the word. ” “Proper dress doesn’t mean much.”

“In private, they do what they want,” continued Bernard Le Floch, whose role is to coordinate all Catholic organizations in the Tour Diocese. “In kindergarten, in the park, they dress as they please. We’re here, we ask them to follow some rules, that’s all. The parents’ position doesn’t tell me anything about their child. But I want to be there. Everything has to be coded anyway.”

At the end of the meeting, parents therefore receive a handwritten letter telling them that their boys will not be accepted to class after the skirt. The next day, the boy had two bermudas and shorts.

But a few days later, from Sunday, June 12, to Monday, June 13, the front of St-Jean-d’Arc School was covered with posters with feminist slogans and tags, claiming that little boys also had the right to wear skirts. Or dress if they wish. “Stop having sex with our kids”, “Dress as I want, we don’t have sex in school!”, “Her body, her clothes, her choice”, we can read. The organization quickly withdrew the slogans The new republic.

Bernard Le Floch, in this regard, questioned, “regret and regret that groups take advantage of this to convey a message that has nothing to do with the initial situation.” According to him, the aggregation at the origin of this tag creates “an amalgam” and “a special situation that occurred between a family and an organization”.

Jean Bullant BFMTV journalist

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