Public schools in the South Carolina city where nine black church members were shot and killed this year have banned students from displaying emblems with the Confederate flag.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/1JeqPnpl) that the Charleston County School District code of conduct for the school year that began this week prohibits students from wearing clothing, jewelry or other apparel bearing the image of the Confederate flag.

The code of conduct also says the emblem cannot be displayed prominently on vehicles driven to school. The document says the change is being made "in light of a year marred with racially divisive and tragic events."

Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the slayings at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church in June, had appeared in photos with the Confederate flag.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com