A school is banning skirts because male teachers are too embarrassed to tell girl pupils their hemlines are too high.
Teenagers who show too much leg face being sent into an “isolation room” for breaching the new uniform code.
“When a male member of staff challenged a female student on her skirt length, she retorted ‘You shouldn’t be looking at my legs’.”
The clampdown was ordered after a male teacher was told “You shouldn’t be looking at my legs” by a girl he was ticking off for dressing too skimpy.
Head Sarah Pashley has also accused female students of “pushing the boundaries” by wearing figure-hugging trousers.
But parents are furious at being ordered to buy uniform trousers only from more expensive “approved” shops which stock less tight fittings.
The families say the restrictions should also apply to female teachers – who are often seen in high heels, short skirts and low-cut blouses.
More than 1,000 parents have petitioned against the new dress code at Bessingby Road Secondary in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
But Ms Pashley said: “When a male member of staff challenged a female student on her skirt length, she retorted ‘You shouldn’t be looking at my legs’.
“The male member of staff was understandably uncomfortable with this and reported it to me immediately.
“Male pastoral staff asked me to share this incident with the governing body when uniform was reviewed.”
The row blew up after the head wrote to parents, complaining: “Trousers are a constant problem because of ever-changing fashions and some students pushing the boundaries in terms of purchasing ‘skinny’, tight-fitting trousers from non-uniform suppliers.
“This causes confrontation between staff and students and also between the school and some parents/carers, who feel that the trousers they have bought do conform to the school uniform policy.
“If trousers also have to be purchased from a school uniform supplier and have a logo on them, then this problem will no longer exist.”
One parent stormed: “Some of the women teachers at that school think nothing of turning up in high heels, short skirts and low-cut blouses.
“Are they going to be punished unless they stick to trousers? It is absolutely ludicrous and quite frankly disgusting.”
Another mum said: “My daughter wears her skirt right down to her knees and I don’t see a problem with that.
“I don’t think it is right she should suffer just because a few girls feel the need to flaunt themselves.
“She also wears trousers and is absolutely ridiculous parents should be restricting to certain uniform shops where we have to pay out more.”