NY school sued after teen suspended o...

NY school sued after teen suspended over rosary

There are 28 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jun 1, 2010, titled NY school sued after teen suspended over rosary. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a school to reinstate a 13-year-old boy who was suspended for wearing rosary beads, pending a hearing into whether the suspension violated his civil rights.

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Jennifer

El Paso, TX

#1 Jun 2, 2010
This is what happens when you let mindless Union Liberals run schools.
Dedicated to El Paso

El Paso, TX

#2 Jun 2, 2010
A rosary was never intended to be a necklace. Sadly, the rosary has become a gang symbol. The kids do not wear them because of religious expression. Like all gang symbols, schools must ban them. Those defending this boy just don't get it.
whatever

Austin, TX

#3 Jun 2, 2010
rosaries are not jewlery its for praying
Cops R Us

Laurel, MD

#4 Jun 2, 2010
Dedicated to El Paso wrote:
A rosary was never intended to be a necklace. Sadly, the rosary has become a gang symbol. The kids do not wear them because of religious expression. Like all gang symbols, schools must ban them. Those defending this boy just don't get it.
My father and his 3 brothers all worn them during WW II around their necks. I worn one during my time in Viet Nam. Yes some gang members do wear them but who is to say what you can do with a rosary, where is it written that it goes in your pocket?

And the kids who don't wear it are just plain afraid of what the other kids may say. We are letting little things like this to push God away.
American NE

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jun 2, 2010
Cops R Us wrote:
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My father and his 3 brothers all worn them during WW II around their necks. I worn one during my time in Viet Nam. Yes some gang members do wear them but who is to say what you can do with a rosary, where is it written that it goes in your pocket?
And the kids who don't wear it are just plain afraid of what the other kids may say. We are letting little things like this to push God away.
Which gang are you in? Crips, Bloods or Catholics?:o) I bet the school would not have said a thing if it was islamic prayer beads.
Cops R Us

Laurel, MD

#6 Jun 2, 2010
American NE wrote:
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Which gang are you in? Crips, Bloods or Catholics?:o) I bet the school would not have said a thing if it was islamic prayer beads.
A faithful Catholic if you want to call that a gang go ahead and what are you? Do you even pray or go to a church, the problem here is that it is easy to talk and not have a answer for a problem. You just add to the problem.
Cops R Us

Laurel, MD

#7 Jun 2, 2010
whatever wrote:
rosaries are not jewlery its for praying
you are so right they are for praying. But a rosary is something that is blessed and wearing it around your neck 24-7 would be just a great thing to have for your faith.

So people carry a lucky coin, or something that they believe in. The rosary is something that people believe in and want to have close to them.

The school officals I think just went over board, they could have told the kid to make sure that it stayed inside of his shirt and I think that it would be OK.
guero_Jon

El Paso, TX

#8 Jun 2, 2010
why the F*** would u suspend a teen for bringing a rosary to school? Maybe he was having a big test and needed to pray before the test so the holy lord could give him the answers.Maybe he wanted to be like the celebrities that wore the rosary.Really who doesn't want to be Britney spears or Lindsey Lohan? The mighty god will send that school to hell.
American NE

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jun 2, 2010
Cops R Us wrote:
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A faithful Catholic if you want to call that a gang go ahead and what are you? Do you even pray or go to a church, the problem here is that it is easy to talk and not have a answer for a problem. You just add to the problem.
Jeez. I was kidding.. making fun of the people who say you can't wear a Rosary and that it's a gang symbol. I'm Catholic born and raised. If that's a gang, I'm in.
David

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Jun 2, 2010
American NE wrote:
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Which gang are you in? Crips, Bloods or Catholics?:o) I bet the school would not have said a thing if it was islamic prayer beads.
And so what if they were Islamic prayer beads? Rosary beads just as any other religious ornament can be used or represented in the wrong way, but to assume this boy wore a rosary as a gang accessory is an example of ignorance. I agree some families just go thru the motion of religion without really understanding what they believe, but who are we to judge? As long as this boy was not using his rosary in some manner to infringe upon the rights of other students, then the school is making a mistake.
S7aS

El Paso, TX

#11 Jun 2, 2010
Though I'm not religious anymore, I was brought up Catholic. I went to Catechism, made my Holy Communion, went to confessions, got my Confirmation, and I thought I was taught in all these classes that the rosary was never to be worn as jewelry or to be shown as an accessory. Not that I'm saying the school is in the right saying that the rosary is a gang symbol now, but at the same time, if you call yourself religious, then do by your religion.
El Loco del Chuco

El Paso, TX

#12 Jun 2, 2010
As an all out ATHEIST, yes ATHEIST, I don't believe that it is wrong if someone wants to wear a necklace around their neck. It really does not matter what gang or religion they belong to. they should take this on a case by case basis. Sometimes it's a gang thing sometimes it's not. Personally, if the kid wears it under his shirt it should be fine. otherwise, in the future, religious leaders might try to convince kids to wear them at school to promote their religion.
Mr Rosales

El Paso, TX

#13 Jun 2, 2010
GANG members wear hats and shoes too, and team jerseys...lets prohibit those too..bunch of morons running the schools
Mr Rosales

El Paso, TX

#14 Jun 2, 2010
Maybe its a Christian Gang...Jesus is the leader..crucify him...oh never mind the jews took care of that
Cops R Us

Laurel, MD

#15 Jun 2, 2010
American NE wrote:
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Jeez. I was kidding.. making fun of the people who say you can't wear a Rosary and that it's a gang symbol. I'm Catholic born and raised. If that's a gang, I'm in.
Maybe I didn't see your point of view and I missed it. I just get upset when people try to take things away from a person or persons. I saw a news article where a rest home wanted to keep the old folks from praying before having their meals. They claim since the food was given by the State that it would be improper to say a pray for the food that they are about to eat.

My God where are the minds of these people. I am a Caotholic and not a very good one but I try to be the best that I can be. I believe in pray and prayer is a very powerful thing to some, they believe that God will hear them and act on their prayers. I just think that those who want to keep any sort of prayer or reglious articles away from those who want to wear or use them is just not right.

I see school age boys walking around with their pants falling off but, since they have rights to wear them like that it's OK. It looks stupid to see someone walking around like. Of course mom and dad paid for the kids clothes so what is their thinking unless they dress the same way.

I don't mean that we should all dress the same or go to the same church but good common sense is all that we need.
Cops R Us

Laurel, MD

#16 Jun 2, 2010
El Loco del Chuco wrote:
As an all out ATHEIST, yes ATHEIST, I don't believe that it is wrong if someone wants to wear a necklace around their neck. It really does not matter what gang or religion they belong to. they should take this on a case by case basis. Sometimes it's a gang thing sometimes it's not. Personally, if the kid wears it under his shirt it should be fine. otherwise, in the future, religious leaders might try to convince kids to wear them at school to promote their religion.
You are very right but the problem are the school leaders and those who want to enforce the rules. Instead of trying to find out a little about the 13 year old they punish him like he is a gang banger.

I think the school district has more to think about that a boy with a rosary. They should be looking at making sure that the children are getting the best education, keeping out guns and drugs.
EPTX

El Paso, TX

#17 Jun 2, 2010
I'm worried about rosaries or prayer in schools. I'm more worried if there any rosaries or prayers being said at home as a family.
American NE

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Jun 2, 2010
Cops R Us wrote:
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Maybe I didn't see your point of view and I missed it. I just get upset when people try to take things away from a person or persons. I saw a news article where a rest home wanted to keep the old folks from praying before having their meals. They claim since the food was given by the State that it would be improper to say a pray for the food that they are about to eat.
My God where are the minds of these people. I am a Caotholic and not a very good one but I try to be the best that I can be. I believe in pray and prayer is a very powerful thing to some, they believe that God will hear them and act on their prayers. I just think that those who want to keep any sort of prayer or reglious articles away from those who want to wear or use them is just not right.
I see school age boys walking around with their pants falling off but, since they have rights to wear them like that it's OK. It looks stupid to see someone walking around like. Of course mom and dad paid for the kids clothes so what is their thinking unless they dress the same way.
I don't mean that we should all dress the same or go to the same church but good common sense is all that we need.
I agreee with you 100%.

“Live Free or Die Trying”

Since: Feb 09

Las Cruces

#19 Jun 2, 2010
Dedicated to El Paso wrote:
A rosary was never intended to be a necklace. Sadly, the rosary has become a gang symbol. The kids do not wear them because of religious expression. Like all gang symbols, schools must ban them. Those defending this boy just don't get it.
This is what you get when the school systems adopt Zero Tolerance. Rather than dealing with each case individually based on the circumstances, they prefer to be lazy and lump them all together. This child had never had any previous disipline problems, yet they chose to make an example of him simply for wearing a rosery in honor of his brother.
American NE

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jun 2, 2010
Now that I think about it, have you ever met a high school kid you didn't want to expel... or at least slap?

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