(NEWSER) – At least 22 students were handed suspensions at Virginia's Christiansburg High School today for violating the dress code—but this was no case of exposed shoulders or short skirts.

The students arrived at school wearing the Confederate flag on their clothes and refused to change to comply with school policy, which prohibits signs, decals, and articles of clothing "that reflect adversely on people because of race, gender, or other factors," per the AP. A Montgomery County Public Schools rep tells WSLS the students were given one-day in-school suspensions, but most became unruly and were then handed an out-of-school punishment instead.

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