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Clip-on tie switch sparks protest

Facebook protest page
The Facebook protest group had 423 members on Friday morning

Pupils at a South Yorkshire school have started an online protest over a plan to introduce clip-on ties.

More than 400 people have joined a group on Facebook, demanding that traditional ties be restored at McAuley Catholic High School in Doncaster.

Schools across the UK are said to be switching ties over safety fears.

The protesters said the move was a "pathetic waste of money". The school is closed for the summer holidays and no-one was available for comment.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said: "Dress code at a school is a matter for the governing body."

In May the Schoolwear Association, the trade body for the school uniform industry, said 10 schools a week in the UK were switching, because of fears of ties getting caught in equipment or strangling pupils.

The association also said that clip-on ties can stop pupils from customising the size of the knots in their ties.

A statement from the Facebook protest group, Mcauley Against Clip-on Ties, said: "We, the members, wish to voice our protest against the clip-on tie policy that has been enforced at The McAuley Catholic High School, Doncaster.

"I personally think they are a pathetic waste of money."

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