Rosary necklace banned at school as a gang symbol
A Nebraska school district has banned the wearing of a necklace that looks like a rosary. The photo below is an example of what has parents, religious leaders and others concerned about this new dress code policy in the Omaha school district. Sixth-grade student, 12 year-old Elizabeth Carey wore hers to school and was told to remove the necklace: that it is being worn by gang members and shows an affiliation with gang activities.
The school principal commented that “We had information from law enforcement that there were documented instances of gang activity in the area and we had information that states that the rosary was being used as a symbol of gang affiliation.”
In response to this assertion, the Chancellor of the Omaha Archdiocese of the Catholic Church said, “I don’t think Christians should have to forfeit what is the symbol for the love of Christ because a few people want to misuse that symbol. One ought to be able to figure out whether she’s trying to promote a gang. If she’s not, why would she be punished for her right of religious freedom and religious expression?”
See here for an interview with Elizabeth and her parents.
Check out this story about freedom of religion and expression of such at school.