Virginia school board eyes broader policy on rebel flag

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school district that suspended students for wearing clothing emblazoned with the Confederate battle flag to school is moving toward a broader policy on the divisive symbol.

The Montgomery County School Board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to have a policy drafted that would ban all clothing, emblems, decals or jewelry with the Confederate flag from all school property in the county.

The Roanoke Times ( reports that board member Penny Franklin said the board’s aim is to create a safe environment conducive to learning.

Last month, about two dozen Christiansburg High School students were suspended for violating the school’s dress code after they rallied in support of the Confederate flag, with some students draping the flag over their shoulders.

The school’s dress code has banned Confederate symbols since 2002.


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