The school board in Orange County has given initial approval to a ban of “racially intimidating” clothing after incidents of the Confederate flag displayed on school campuses.
The board voted Monday night to insert the wording into the schools’ dress code, Durham’s Herald-Sun reported.
The move came after seven months of hearings and protests amid complaints that some students were wearing symbols of the Confederacy to harass or intimidate classmates, Raleigh-Durham’s WTVD reported.
Schools spokesman Seth Stephens said the new language gives school principals grounds to enforce violations of the policy. It does not address Confederate flags being displayed in other ways, the Herald-Sun reported.
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The Northern Orange County NAACP had asked the school board to ban the Confederate flag in February. The founder of the Hate-Free Schools Coalition wrote to school officials after seeing a truck with a Confederate flag on it pull into the student parking lot at Orange High School.
Monday night’s vote does not change any rules about Confederate flags being flown on student vehicles in school parking lots, the Herald-Sun reported.
The board will take a final vote on the revised dress code on June 26.