Male students in skirts yesterday at Oaxaca school. Male students in skirts yesterday at Oaxaca school.

Male students don skirts to protest sexual harassment incident

Oaxaca school slow to react to accusation against janitor

Male students at a school in Oaxaca donned skirts and their female counterparts pants yesterday after school officials initially refused to hear a complaint of sexual harassment on the part of a staff member.

The protest was triggered by a Facebook post Friday in which a female student at the Cobao preparatory school in Cuilápam de Guerrero related that a school janitor had taken photos of her from below a corridor in which she and other students were standing.

The students were waiting outside a classroom on the second floor and the photographer was underneath, his camera pointed up the young woman’s skirt.

She and several of her classmates went to the principal’s office to report the incident, but were told they would have to wait until Monday.

Yesterday, students showed up cross-dressed in protest and carrying placards. One young man wearing a skirt carried a sign that read, “Take a picture of my balls.”

After the protest, school officials suspended the janitor and agreed to investigate.

Source: El Universal (sp), NVI Noticias (sp)

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