CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - The Montgomery County School Board has banned apparel displaying Confederate and other symbols in public schools.
Media outlets report that the board voted Tuesday to revise a countywide student dress code policy to ban apparel that would disrupt a school's learning environment.
Examples of items that will be banned include clothing displaying Confederate symbols and items denoting neo-Nazi and other hate groups.
The ban is effective Feb. 1, 2016.
The revision follows recent protests over Christiansburg High School's ban on Confederate symbols on student vehicles in the parking lot.
Confederate symbols have come under increased public scrutiny since the June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the slayings, had been photographed holding the Confederate battle flag.