Skip to comments.Loveland school seizes rosary beads from student, says they’re ‘gang symbol’
Posted on 09/15/2012 8:29:43 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
LOVELAND, Colo. A student is questioning whether his faith or his fashion is under fire at his high school in Loveland.
Thompson Valley High School officials have confiscated his rosary beads twice since school started three weeks ago.
And he says they never told him, or his family, why.
They tell me I cant wear them, says Manuel Vigil, showing us an identical rosary to the one seized by his school.
The junior says he wears rosary beads to protect himself from harm.
But his school district thinks the religious necklace will harm students.
Thats typically not what we want for a safe environment for school, says Thompson Valley School District spokesperson Margaret Crespo.
(Excerpt) Read more at kdvr.com ...
Does this clinch things? Can we now agree that school officials must be possessed? /sarc>
Or are they afraid that Manuel Vigil will lead the students on an uncontrolled frenzy of eating at Chick-Fil-A? Oh, the humanity.
For those who care, the contact information for Thompson Valley School District spokesperson Margaret Crespo is Crespo, Margaret
Director of Secondary Education
Thompson School District
800 S. Taft Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537
Source -- click on the "Contact Us" at the bottom center of the page to get the snail mail address.
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So the school considers the Catholic Church to be a gang?
Unfortunately, many gangs do use different color rosary beads as gang symbols. Obviously, a wholesale prohibition of rosary beads is a massive overreaction (not to mention being unconstitutional), but my guess is that it was motivated by typical mindless, zero-tolerance, no exceptions school bureacratic rules than it was by any sort of anti-religious prejudice.
ROSARIES ARE NOT WORN.
THEY ARE NOT JEWELRY.
Wearing the Rosary is the long-identified practice of the Latin Kings. Drop the punk off downtown and see what happens to him then.
I agree. Rosary beads worn as jewelry is a desecration.
Worse than that. I had a high school tell me that their Honours English teacher told the class that anyone who believes in the Virgin Birth is a member of the Cult of Mary.
I didn’t read the whole article but rosary beads are never to be worn except by priests and nuns. The gangs around here wear them.
Garlic works better for vampires. Is he worried about zombies?
I would just start carrying my bible around everywhere, and talking to everyone about it.
The Catholic church as NEVER advocated the wearing of The Rosary as jewelry.
Wearing The Rosary has been the unique practice of the Latin Gang, a known violent gang.
No different than wearing a red or blue bandana. Gang signage.
It wouldn’t be Christian to slap the teacher. Damn it!
(Even *I* as an adult convert to Catholicism vaguely knew that the Rosary was not to be worn...but this is just a high school kid.)
(Newborn gang member.)
It’s considered OK to wear the rosary if someone does it for religious purposes. I’ve never been taught differently. Nuns, Priests, anyone can wear a rosary for the right reasons. Obviously gangs aren’t doing it for the right reasons.
Next thing you know they'll be taking Bibles from Black students.
Actually you can wear a rosary. It’s not the custom in this country. http://www.zenit.org/article-32848?l=english
When I was younger, the Church I attended required that I carry my rosary and wear it at least weekly. Doctrine may not explicitely require wearing of the rosary, but it also doesn’t state not to wear the rosary either.
Are you and others on this board saying that, since doctrine doesn’t require wearing the rosary, it must not happen and this persom should hide his religous beliefs?
you don’t wear a Rosary, you carry it. There are NEVER 13 beads in a section, that is strictly a gang thing and zero tolerance should be the rule of thumb when dealing with gangs.....useless groups of human trash.
Waiting, no doubt in vain, for an ACLU shyster to come to the rescue, pro bono of course.
I was raised catholic and it was never worn. One of the projects in early school years was to make a felt pouch to carry one, I clearly recall.
There is a lot of MS-13 in Larimer county.
I assume you never went to Catholic school.
There is a lot of MS-13 in Larimer county
and it was my understanding,
that the rosary in question,
haad 13 beads, instead of 10...
So was I and it wasn’t worn in any place I lived either. That doesn’t mean that the custom in one place is correct over a custom in another. There is no doctrine about this except as was explained in the link (post 19) above.
They should be punishing gangs and prosecuting their leaders more severely, not punishing everyone else.
If the gangs switched from Catholic symbols to Muslim ones, they’d be totally protected by administrators. Or wear Sikh gear and gain permission to carry a knife to school.
You would be wrong in your assumption. I went when the nuns actually wore habits, and yes, they wore the rosary, but not as jewelry as some are doing today.
That’s interesting. Loveland is a relatively conservative community as is Larimer cty on the whole.
I can't say that they didn't. From the little contact I've had with gang banger punks they're pretty disrespectful little smart asses.
*The junior says he wears rosary beads to protect himself from harm*
Then he is abusing them and should stop, out of respect for other Catholicsat school who presumably don’t like to see sacred objects reduced to a profane or superstitious use.
Sorry folks, this is true. :(
My school also prohibits the wearing of them on the outside of clothing.
Gangs have hijacked the public display of Rosaries, and that’s the way it is. In my area, the beads are arranged to indicate the number “13.”
From what I recall the color of the beads indicated what type of drug you were selling.
As a teacher, I sympathized with the kids that I knew attending Mass weekly but some who wore them were not even Catholic.
My recollections agree with yours, fromthedesert, and rosaries were carried, not worn. Nuns in traditional habit used to hang them from their belt. Many people did, and do, carry them in a pocket bag. Wearing them around the neck is an innovation, of a secular type. One would not easily recite the rosary with it around ones neck.