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Calif. district bans clothes featuring slain rapper

By The Associated Press
01.11.07

RIVERBANK, Calif. — School administrators in Riverbank have banned clothing featuring the name of Mac Dre, a slain rapper who glorified drug use in his music, education officials say.

Riverbank Unified School District board members voted unanimously on Jan. 9 to add the Sacramento-based rapper to a list of names and labels banned at the district's only high school.

Dre was gunned down in Kansas City, Mo., in 2004 and popularized the slang term "to thizz" to describe being high on ecstasy.

No Riverbank High School student has been disciplined for having or using ecstasy in the last four years and Mac Dre clothing showing images of the rapper smoking marijuana is rare on campus, said Principal Ken Geisick.

But officials are trying "to stay ahead of the game," he said.

Students are still allowed to wear clothing bearing images of other artists associated with drug use, but Mac Dre clothes were banned because they are "what's being sold now," he said.

Administrators review the school's dress-code policies every year. Other phrases and brands on the banned list: "eight ball," "Joe Camel," "Nor Cal," "Rolling Hard," "Sol Beer," "south pole" and "vato loco." Many are prohibited because they are affiliated with gangs, officials said.


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