By Associated Press - Sunday, May 1, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Lawrence school officials say it’s unlikely the district will ban displays of the Confederate flag.

An advisory committee told students seeking the ban that broadening the district’s existing discrimination and harassment policy to include symbols would accomplish the same goal as banning the flag.

Some students began asking for the ban after a student flew a Confederate flag from his pickup truck on school grounds in January.

The Lawrence Journal World reports ( ) the committee members say broadening the current discrimination policy would also reduce the risk of the school district being sued by students claiming their free speech rights were being violated.

The discrimination policy currently bans written, verbal or physical discrimination and harassment.

The advisory committee will meet again Tuesday to begin drafting a new policy.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World,

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