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.
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.