WBFF.However, individual students will still be allowed to express their free speech rights by displaying so-called “political materials” or messages — including Pride flags — on their clothing.

The ban on flag displays was imposed in response to an April donation from a parent, Stephanie Brown, who distributed a small collection of rainbow flags to every public school in the county.

The flags were paid for by the Westminster chapter of the nonprofit PFLAG, which stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.But the flags sparked outcry from some parents who balked at the idea of Pride flags being displayed in classrooms, saying that displaying such symbols amounts to proselytizing on a sensitive “political” issue or is a form of “sexualizing” children.