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Orange County Schools change dress code to ban Confederate flags

Posted August 14

Police say an 18-year old came face to face with a pistol after another driver told him to take down the flag at a Hickory gas station.

— Orange County Schools on Monday banned all clothing that depicts the Confederate flag, swastikas or any KKK related symbols or language.

Parents and students have been asking the district for several months to change their dress code to ban the Confederate Flag.

In June, the district decided not to place a ban the flags, but instead reworded the dress code to say “Clothing and accessories are not to substantially disrupt the education process. Students are not to wear clothing, buttons, patches, jewelry or any other items with words, phrases, symbols, pictures or signs that are indecent, profane or racially intimidating."

Superintendent Todd Wirt said in a statement Monday night that, following bi-monthly meetings with the board of education, the district made the decision to outright prohibit the flags.

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.

“The new policy gives our staff permission to ensure that the learning environment in each of our schools and in each of our classrooms is free of intimidation and distraction with regards to dress and symbols of speech,” Writ said in a statement. “We can and will continue to look for ways to improve our policies, but policy will not change the hearts and minds of our community. That will happen through open hearts, open minds and open dialogue.”

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  • Ron Coleman Aug 15, 4:20 p.m.
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    Have they also banned the BLM flag, it is also a racist flag.

  • Jeff Freuler Aug 15, 1:46 p.m.
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    Neither are you

  • William Willets Aug 15, 12:48 p.m.
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    No uniforms Kelly. That is oppressing their freedom of expression! But wait a minute ....

  • Kelly Paris Aug 15, 11:50 a.m.
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    How about have each student wear a uniform like some private schools?

  • Matt Wood Aug 15, 11:38 a.m.
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    What about their comment is racist?

  • Wayne Hill Aug 15, 8:19 a.m.
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    I have no issue with this as long as ALL cultural and racial insignias are banned. No Robert E. Lee shirts, no MLK shirts and no Che Guevara shirts.

  • Brent Hall Aug 15, 7:40 a.m.
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    Mr./Mrs. Strouble: If I didn't know any better, I would swear you're a pure racist yourself!

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Aug 14, 11:12 p.m.
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    Lots of schools and districts have done this long ago...Surprised liberal Orange has waited so long...

  • Clarence Drumgoole Aug 14, 10:58 p.m.
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    The Confederate Flag, will be "banned" Nationwide! White Supremacist, will be expelled. They not American.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Aug 14, 10:58 p.m.
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    The Confederate Flag, will be "banned" Nationwide! White Supremacist, will be expelled. They not American.

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