An English headmistress has banned frilly socks at her school after one of her students tripped and fell. Jan Buckland has vowed that if children show up at school wearing frilly socks, they will be forced to change into the plain socks that she purchased from a local store.
Wearing frilly socks became a trend at Kingsholm Primary School after pupil Lily-Jo, 6, started wearing socks that were handmade by her mother, Tracy Rudge.
"I have been making them for Lily-Jo since she was at preschool," Tracy Rudge said. "All the other children wanted them. The kids love them as they are fun. One girl tripped over last week and the head teacher has now banned them — but her fall was nothing to do with the socks. All of the parents whose children have them have defied this silly ban and sent their kids into school wearing them.”
Rudge has been making the socks as a hobby while she is on sick leave from work and has given more than 50 pairs to parents, The Telegraph reported.
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"This ban is ridiculous," Rudge said. "They have gone health and safety mad but show a complete disregard for us as parents, and our children. My daughter knows that she is to follow mom's rules but then she gets to school and is told something different."
Buckland defended the school’s decision about the oversized socks.
"I have enforced a ban because there was an incident where one of the children, who was wearing a long, lacy frill, fell," Buckland said. "We had to fill in a health and safety risk assessment and it was clear these socks were a trip hazard. The governing body and I decided that a ban was appropriate because the frill had been trailing on the floor.”
She added: "I asked the children to remove them and we provided them fresh, new pairs of socks. If parents are defiant, the kids will have to change out of them if they arrive in the building wearing them."