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Delegates looking to ban display of Confederate flag, swastikas in Baltimore County Schools

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Posted at 7:26 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 19:36:50-04

ANNAPOLIS — Baltimore County House and Senate Delegates are urging Board of Education members and the superintendent to ban hate symbols in county schools.

Delegate Michele Guyton of District 42B and other members of the Baltimore County House and Senate Delegations have submitted a letter to the Baltimore County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams, urging them to ban hate symbols from schools across Baltimore County.

This would include but is not limited to the display of the Confederate flag and swastikas on clothing, book bags, folders, etc.

“Allowing students or others to wear or display these symbols on school property or at school-sponsored events is offensive and disruptive to the learning environment,” Delegate Guyton said in the letter. “One of the first steps in true educational equity is to make sure that all students feel safe in the school environment.”

Delegates Lisa Belcastro (D-11), Jon Cardin (D-11), Eric Ebersole (D-12), Jessica Feldmark (D-12), Cathi Forbes (D-42A), Carl Jackson (D-8), Sheila Ruth (D-44B), Dana Stein (D-11), and Pat Young (D-44B), and senators Shelly Hettleman (D-11), Clarence Lam (D-12), and Chris West (R-42) have also signed on in support of the letter calling for a resolution to alter the Student Code of Conduct to explicitly ban wearing or displaying these symbols unless it is necessary for educational programming.