Italian school bans heels over 'earthquake fears'

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An Italian school has banned heels above four centimeters citing safety concerns. Photo: Massimiliano Gatti /Flickr
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An secondary school in Italy's Abruzzo region has found the perfect excuse to change it's policy on footwear – banning high heels, flip-flops and platform shoes because of the area's high seismic risk.

“The directive is not the fruit of some overly puritanical imagination, but comes down to the need to educate students about safety, especially in an area of high seismic activity.” Anna Amanzi, headmistress of L'Instituto Technico Industriale in Avezzano told Ansa.

Perhaps unsurprisingly in a country famed for its footwear, not everybody was convinced about the new draconian measures, which will see all heels over four centimeters in height outlawed at the school in L'Aquila province.

Teachers said they disagreed with the decision but would follow reluctantly follow new guidelines. 

“They should think about more serious issues,” said one student. “Like how to heat the school properly.”

In spite of the new prescriptive rules on footwear not going down well with students and staff, the earthquake risk in the area is very real.

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The region of L'Aquila still bears the scars of a series of quakes that struck in 2009, killing 286 people across the province.

In 1915, a massive earthquake devastated the town of Avezzano killing 30,000 people. 

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