SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Suffolk school officials are considering banning cross-dressing by students.

Media outlets report that the Suffolk School Board plans to discuss the proposed ban Thursday night.

Superintendent Deran Whitney proposes changing the student dress code to ban cross-gender clothing that causes a disruption or poses a health or safety concern.

Civil liberties groups say students have a right to express themselves. They say the proposed ban is too vague.

School Board vice chairwoman Thelma Hinton is concerned about the possibility of a cross-dressing student being attacked or threatened by other students. She says she has a legal duty to ensure students have a safe environment.

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