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.