Confederate flag clothes banned by schools' new dress code
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) -- A school district in North Carolina has updated its dress code to ban all clothing that depicts the Confederate flag, swastikas or any Ku Klux Klan related symbols or language.
News outlets report Orange County Schools announced the new policy Monday. Parents and students have been asking the district for months to change the dress code to ban the flag.
Last month, a proposed policy prohibited students from wearing clothes that are disruptive, or could reasonably intimidate students, but stopped short of explicitly mentioning the Confederate flag.
The new dress code reads as follows:
Clothing and accessories are not to substantially disrupt the education process. Students are not to wear clothing, buttons, patches, jewelry, make-up, face/body paint or any other items with words phrases, symbols, pictures or signs that are indecent, profane, or substantially disruptive, including items that are reasonably expected to intimidate other students on the basis of race (for example KKK, swastika, and the Confederate Flag), color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or religious affiliation.
WNCN-TV asked School Board Chair Stephen Halikotis about the timing of the change, and if the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, influenced it. He said government works in a "dinosaur-like way" and that there was "nothing quick" about the decision.