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Texas School Board Votes To Ban Confederate Flag

By CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that had been filed against officials who had rejected a group's petition for a customized Texas license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag. (credit: Getty Images)

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that had been filed against officials who had rejected a group’s petition for a customized Texas license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag. (credit: Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The Confederate flag once flew from the stands at Hays High School football games but that flag at the school may be no more. The Hays school board voted in 2000 to phase out its official use.

During Monday’s meeting the school board banned the flag entirely on district property and at district-sponsored events.

School board trustees voted 5-2 in favor of amending the district’s student code of conduct to prohibit the display of writings or images that are discriminatory, harassing or threatening, including the display of the Confederate flag.

Monday’s vote comes on the heels of two students who were accused of writing racial slurs and urinating on the door of a black teacher’s classroom in May at Hays High.

When it was all said and done Monday, the 5-2 vote gave students the right to attend a school minus any sign of a rebel flag.

The ban on the confederate flag at the school located in the city of Buda, goes into effect immediately. Board members said they will also take up the matter of whether to retire the unofficial fight song of Dixie in due time.

Hays High School is located about 15 miles south of Austin.

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