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School Takes Student's Rosary Beads, Claims They Could Be Gang Sign

A high school student was accused of carrying a symbol of a gang…if you consider being Catholic being part of a “gang,” that is.

Manuel Vigil, a 16-year-old junior at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado, reportedly had his rosary taken from him not once, but twice by school officials. 

The school believed that the rosary was not appropriate for school and worried that a rosary could be a was a sign of a gang affiliation. They also claimed that it was disruptive to their classes. “That’s typically not what we want for a safe environment for school,” Thompson Valley School District spokesperson Margaret Crespo told Fox News.

Vigil said he felt protected when wearing the rosary beads.”I use them for prayer. I feel safe when I have them on,” he said.

The school claimed that they gave him a choice: to take them off or put them under his shirt. However, the boy claims they only told him to take them off. “If he would have given me that option, I would have put it in my shirt,” he said.
Should this fall under religious freedom? Does the school have the right to have the student take off a symbol of his religion?
Photo Source: Ric’s Rosaries


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