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Schools prohibits girls from wearing high heel shoes because of earthquakes

By Mason White 2:26 PM October 28, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
Female students at schools in Italy, are angry after a new policy was introduced, prohibiting them from wearing high heel shoes in class.

Schools in L’Aquila, have prohibited students from wearing high heels and sandals as they could disrupt a quick evacuation in case of an earthquake.

The prohibition against shoes with heels of 1.6 inches or higher, applies to students and staff. Teachers and students alike believe that the new rule is excessive.

One teacher who never wears high heels, said that she believes schools should focus on more important issues. In 2009, an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude shook the city, killing 309 people and damaging nearly 10,000 buildings.

Following the devastation, a group of scientists were sentenced to serve six years in prison on a charge of manslaughter after they were accused of failing to provide timely warnings about the upcoming earthquake.

A higher court overturned their convictions.