How to dress as a Huntsville City Schools girl costume

Huntsville, Ala.

— Huntsville is trying to be the first school district in the U.S. to allow students to wear costumes to school.

The school board voted Monday to ban all student costumes to honor the students killed during the Charleston, S.C., church shooting.

The move comes after the shooting death of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2016.

In a news release, the Huntsville school board said that the decision to ban costumes comes after years of discussion, including meetings with local leaders.

Schools have always been able to wear what they want and no one has been forced to choose between dressing up or dressing down, board member Mark Ritchie said in the news release.

The Huntsville district was among the first in the nation to allow costume wearing in schools.

In June, the board voted unanimously to allow costumes for the first time.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has made costumes a priority for the school board and plans to attend a board meeting next week to discuss the new policy.