Several Richland One high schools ban camo due to possible gang affiliations

(Source: Richland County School District One)
(Source: Richland County School District One)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Four Richland One high schools have banned wearing camouflage as part of an administrative rule which allows schools to adopt their own dress code procedures, Richland County School District One spokeswoman Karen York said.

"Our student dress code policy does not specifically address camouflage," York said in a statement Thursday. "However, our principals have the latitude to restrict students from wearing certain attire if they feel the attire poses or could pose a disruption to the school environment and/or a health or safety hazard."

Dreher High School, Lower Richland High School, Columbia High School and Keenan High School are not allowing any camouflage on school grounds and at school activities, including football games, York said.

York said the district is allowing the change after Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said gangs are now using camouflage as gang-related colors.

There is no restriction against students wearing camouflage at A.C. Flora High, Eau Claire High and C.A. Johnson High at this time, York said.

York said all seven high schools are not allowing students to wear camouflage at football games for the remainder of the season, which ends next week.

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