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British School Bans Students from Wearing Makeup

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If you think girls these days just grow up too darned fast, you’ll like this.

Shelley College, a secondary school in Britain, thought its female students were painting themselves a little too heavily and spending too much time primping in the bathrooms, so officials banned anyone 16 and younger from wearing cosmetics.

When the new edict was repeatedly defied, administrators took the dramatic step of removing the mirrors from the girls’ bathroom walls and gave teachers “makeup removal kits” to use if they spot any rule-breakers.

John McNally, a teacher at the school, said, “There comes a point when you need to stop teachers spending half an hour in the day talking to girls about their makeup. It is more sensible to say it’s not allowed … We have had a lot of support from parents. Of course some of the girls are trying to push the boundaries.”

Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Mannifield added, “It’s okay that we’re all in it together, you realize nobody is no prettier or uglier, we all just look normal.”


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