By Associated Press - Saturday, April 20, 2019

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The superintendent of a Wyoming school district says rainbow flags and LGBTQ-related clothing are not banned in the school district despite a contrary message to students.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that school officials said they stopped students from waving both Confederate and rainbow flags at McCormick Junior High School in Cheyenne Wednesday because it was disruptive. The Laramie County School District 1 also said in the statement that it would not allow the display of Confederate flags going forward.

Students in the Gay-Straight Alliance at McCormick said were told Wednesday they could no longer have any LGBTQ-related apparel or rainbow colors at school either.

However, superintendent Boyd Brown said Friday that was not the district’s intention. He said Confederate flags are banned because, like swastikas, they are viewed as a hate symbol.

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