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Schoolboy Is Put in Room 'Like a Prison' for Coming in Shorts at 86°F Heat, His Dad Finds Out

Ayesha Muhammad
Jul 19, 2022
01:00 A.M.

A teenager claimed he was put in isolation after he showed up to class wearing shorts in the heatwave. Eventually, the news reached his parents, who were horrified by his reportedly unfair treatment, and his dad hit back at the school's rigid policies.


Education is powerful enough to change people's lives for the better. An educated person can go on to make a significant difference in the world with their thoughts, actions, and behavior. Choosing the right institution for children is imperative for their learning and growth and can help nurture their personalities.

Every kid has a different learning style. But regardless of what kind of a learner your child is, providing them with a conducive environment can help enhance their overall learning experience. What do you think can happen if a school fails to create favorable learning conditions for students? Please keep reading to find out more.



When Terry Utting took his son, Harrison Utting, to school on July 11, 2022, none knew how the day would end. They thought it would be a typical school day, but unbeknownst to them, things would soon take an unpleasant turn ─ one they didn't see coming.

According to the meteorological department, the UK is under the effect of severe heat, and temperatures are expected to soar above 35°C (95°F).

After dropping his son to Westlands School in Sittingbourne, Kent, England, Terry, who owns a vape shop, left for work. But the dad, who lives in Sheppey, said he didn't expect he would have to return to his boy's school to pick him up before the off-time.



Terry noted that he was forced to remove his child from school after Harrison was said to be punished for showing up to class in shorts. Harrison donned a pair of black, smart-looking knee-length shorts and wore his usual shirt, tie, and blazer on top.

But because his school had a "clear policy on uniform," Harrison said he was penalized for violating the dress code and made to sit in isolation. His father claimed that he was taken into the school's Pastoral Support Programme room, which looked "like a prison."



The livid dad slammed the school for banning shorts and punishing his son despite the record-breaking high temperatures in the UK. He exclaimed:

"There is a blanket ban on shorts but there is no air-conditioning in the classrooms and the pupils are roasting in 30°C (86°F) heat."

Terry went on to add that in another school, all the boys wore skirts to stay cool and adhere to the dress code because the girls were already allowed to come in skirts.



According to the meteorological department, the UK is under the effect of severe heat, and temperatures are expected to soar above 35°C (95°F). The third week of July saw temperatures go as high as 26°C (78.8°F) in Kent and 32°C (89.6°F) in London.

In a conversation with the radio presenter, Nick Ferrari, Terry explained that his son would have been eager to hold a skirt-wearing protest to stay in class. When Ferrari asked him why his son wore shorts when all his class-fellows were still in their long pants, Terry replied:

"I understand the schools, they've got rules, but when Harrison texts me from class saying that he can't concentrate and he's feeling dizzy, to me, shows the environment there is not safe for him."



The Sheppey resident stated that his son went to school in shorts on July 11 and 12 and was isolated on both days. Consequently, Terry said he returned and collected Harrison from the school because he was horrified by the unfair treatment.

While the school adhered to its dress code, they said it might change if the scorching heatwave continues, per the weather forecast. Headteacher Christina Hones stated that their school has an explicit uniform policy that is communicated to all parents at the time of admission.

She also added that in light of the rising temperatures, the school "would be willing to make reasonable adjustments."



According to the National Union of Teachers (NUT), classrooms can be closed, classes can be taken in cooler environments, or the students can be sent home in case of a sweltering heatwave.

It further mentioned that 26°C (78°F) should be considered a trigger for taking such steps and that schools should show leniency in their uniform policy, permitting pupils to wear shorts and skirts instead of blazers and trousers.

Indeed, parents should be cautious when sending their kids to school because the latter might be subjected to unlikely conditions. Do you think school rules should prevail over common sense? What would you do if you found your child in a punishment room that resembled a prison?

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