An organisation is encouraging Auckland high-school students to fight for their right to wear what they want.
The New Zealand Raelian movement plans to distribute leaflets to students after school inviting them to oppose compulsory uniforms.
The group says school uniforms are a tool to make children conform to social norms.
“When people conform they surrender their critical judgement making them vulnerable to being voluntary participants in acts of cruelty and murder.
“We must teach our children the danger of group mentality,” a Raelian statement says.
Leaflets to be handed out invite pupils to order stickers with the slogan: “I oppose uniformity” from the organisation’s website.
“Uniforms are imposed upon you to suppress your individuality”, the pamphlet says.
“They don’t want you to be yourself. They want everybody to be the same because it is easier to control people when they are all the same.”
The Raelians describe their movement “as the world’s largest atheist, non-profit UFO related organisation” and boast 60,000 members in 90 countries.
They are visiting Auckland Grammar School next Wednesday afternoon but headmaster John Morris isn’t concerned.
“At that time of day, 2500 boys are leaving so it’s just going to add to the confusion.
“And if they come onto school property they’re trespassing so there could be a problem there.”
Mr Morris says different schools have different clothing guidelines but uniforms are there to stay at Grammar.
“The boys wear our uniform to show pride and involvement in the school. That’s not going to change.”
The Raelians plan to wait outside the gates of the following schools: Auckland Girls Grammar School, Avondale College, Auckland Grammar School, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Mount Roskill Grammar School, Mount Albert Grammar School, Penrose High School.
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