Are school kilts really in line with Catholic beliefs?

That’s the question being asked at Catholic schools across Greater Toronto, where kilts have been lifted so high some schools have dropped them all together.

“It’s not in keeping with what is represented by (the) Catholic school in terms of modesty and morality,” said Bruce Campbell of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, where just six of 25 high schools still allow the skirts to be worn.

That board began phasing them out several years ago after some girls refused to obey the rules to keep hemlines near their knees, and as principals and teachers balked at being fashion police.

“We’re in the business of educating kids and shouldn’t have to spend a disproportionate of time enforcing this part of the uniform,” Campbell added.

The trend has also reached the Halton Catholic District School Board, where two out of eight high schools have already moved to remove kilts from the school uniform. Two other schools are in the process of getting rid of them, after surveys were sent to parents and votes taken by school councils.

The skirts made the news again this week after the mother of a student at Mississauga’s Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School asked Dufferin-Peel trustees to overturn a decision by the school’s principal to kill the kilt this September.

Of the 1,300 students at Pocock, families of just three called to complain they weren’t properly informed, the school said.

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