Berkeley Co. School Board considering ban on clothing depicting weapons

Updated: Mar. 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM EDT
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Students will not be allowed to wear clothing that depicts weapons under an amended dress code for Berkeley County Schools.

The Berkeley County School Board gave first reading to the amended dress code Tuesday night.

Clothing with drawings of guns, knives and any other weapons will be banned at schools.

A school district spokesman says it wasn't a particular complaint about weapons on clothing that sparked the ban.

Chip Sturgis says the district wants a learning environment that's free from distractions and references to violence.

Sturgis says the district amended the dress code policy to have it mirror school practices.

Some folks like the idea.

"If they think it's okay to be wearing shirts with guns and knives, what's to stop them from thinking it's okay to bring them to school," said parent Heather Hill.

But some say it's a bad idea.

"A picture never hurt anybody. It's just crazy, it's an attempt for people to control our thinking rather than control behavior," said Bill Mastrianni.

The school district says any student caught wearing inappropriate clothing will be asked to change or be told not to wear it to school again.

The clothing ban needs one more vote by the school board to become part of the dress code.

We checked with other school districts in the Tri-County area about their dress codes.

The Charleston County School District does not allow clothing that displays profanity, obscenity, violence, weapons, symbols of hate or offensive content.

Dorchester School District Two prohibits clothing displaying weapons or offensive language or conduct as determined by the principal as being detrimental to the learning environment.

Dorchester School District Four prohibits clothing that advertises alcohol or an illegal substance, depicts lewd graphics, displays offensive or obscene language or is gang-related.

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