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Friday, June 4, 2010

New York student suspended for wearing rosary may return to class, judge rules

I'm not a big fan of wearing the rosary as jewelery, but I am a huge fan of the first amendment, so I believe this is the correct outcome.

A federal judge has issued an order allowing a New York 13-year-old boy suspended for wearing a rosary to return to school immediately. The student may also wear his rosary when he returns. School officials contended that wearing a rosary that included religious beads violated the school district’s dress code policy. They said the rosary is considered a gang-related symbol. LOL!

Oneida Middle School student Raymond Hosier was suspended under the policy.

His attorneys from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) argued that Hosier wore the rosary to express his faith in God and to honor the memory of a deceased uncle and a brother who died with the same rosary in his hands. He has reportedly worn the rosary since September 2009 without disruption to the school environment.

His attorneys asserted that Hosier is not a member of any criminal gang and does not wear the rosary to promote gang membership or violence.

Challenging the constitutionality of the dress code, the ACLJ filed a suit on behalf of Hosier and his mother Chantell Hosier against Schenectady School District and other school officials, including the principal of Hosier’s school. The student’s lawyers also sought a temporary restraining order to stop the school district from enforcing its dress code policy against Hosier in order to allow him to return to class.



1 comment:

Annie said...

When I first read this story earlier this week, I was surprised by some of the comments - and one in particular. The writer was all about the smugness of the boy and the mother, how they just KNEW they were getting away with something. So - I went back and looked at the interview again. I came away just shaking my head. I suppose people just see what they want to see since I detected no such smugness at all (and I have a very active BS meter that would have seen it).