Maryland bill would ban hate symbols in public schools

A bill in the Maryland state Legislature is aiming to ban the display of symbols of hate in public schools effective July 1.

The law, filed as HB0418, would institute a statewide order disallowing any symbols of hate including, but not limited to: swastikas, Confederate flags and nooses — though they can be displayed in classroom settings.

Del. Michele Guyton, D-Baltimore County, the bill’s sponsor, said it’s a timely and necessary measure, especially in light of the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement to the forefront of the national conversation.

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