Daytime TV show Loose Women has featured a Hartlepool school’s decision to ban socks being worn when girls wear skirts.
The Mail revealed earlier this week that girls at St Hild’s Church of England School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, had been told to wear tights with skirts to ‘protect their modesty’.
One pupil, Hannah McEnaney, 14, was handed a pair of tights after turning up wearing a skirt with socks, and was told she would be put into isolation or sent home if she did not wear a pair of tights provided by the school.
The panel of ITV’s Loose Women discussed the ban, and Penny Lancaster, who is married to singer Rod Stewart, fought back tears as she talked about how she was attacked while on her way to school aged 12.
She revealed she had been accosted by a man under a bridge who had lifted up her skirt.
The former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, who is also an ex-model, said: “I had a very unfortunate incident.
“It was, um, a journey into school and I was attacked. It was nothing about the way I looked, I could have been in a short skirt or had thick tights on it wouldn’t have mattered.
“I normally would travel to school with a group of children, which is if you want to put a message out there for children to be safe, it’s about ... travelling in groups, safety in numbers, whether you’re sending a child to the toilets make sure they go with someone else.”
She also said she agrees with the idea of women-only carriages on trains.
She added: “I also agree with one of the MPs that mentioned about having female carriages only, on the tubes.
“Me and a lot of women and friends I know have had incidences on the train and it’s prevented them for wanting to travel again.
“It’s very intimidating when you’re in close proximity to a man or someone that wants to rub up a bit closer to you, so I think if there was a carriage, women could feel safe, then a lot more women would be encouraged to travel.”