Could CMS ban Confederate flags from school dress code?

- Durham public school system specifically banning the Confederate flag, KKK symbols and Nazi swastikas in their school dress system. Orange county and Chapel Hill-Carrboro are doing the same.

FOX 46 asked Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools if any changes to the dress code policy would be addressed. They tell FOX 46, right now, their policy is general enough to cover everything and up to the discretion of the school's principal.

"We have schools that are so different and diverse in our communities, so we need our principals to be in touch with what may set off someone in their specific areas," School Board District Chair Rhonda Lennon.

Some parents feel the policy is too open ended.

"It's pretty vague and to leave it up to each school, it doesn't make much sense. It could be up to one person's beliefs. Offensive is offensive," CMS Parent Cory Jones said.

Others say the over encompassing code works.

"For example, say they forget to put a KKK symbol or Confederate flag. Then, if a kid wears that, they can't be like, 'oh you are breaking dress code’," Myers Park High School Freshman Saanchi Sampeh said.

Many parents agreeing that uniforms would solve most of these problems.

"You don't have to worry about who is wearing what, who's got the designer, who is wealthy and who is not wealthy. It just keeps it straight across the board," Jones said.  

Now, getting the kids to agree, well that's another story.

"I would not say wear uniforms just because that sort of blocks creativity," Sampeh said.

CMS says if issues arise here in the county they plan to address them.

"Policies, we review them very frequently and periodically. I think that if this is something we start seeing bubbling up in the system and if we start seeing more and more of our neighboring districts addressing this, we are definitely going to be considering this with our policy committee," Lennon said.

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