US schools ban 'rosary' necklace
Published 04/10/2011 | 04:57
A school district in Nebraska has banned a necklace that looks like a rosary after police told officials it was also being worn by gang members.
Fremont Superintendent Steve Sexton said the policy is to protect students. He said officers had told school leaders the necklace was being used as a symbol of gang affiliation.
Omaha Catholic Archdiocese Chancellor Rev Joseph Taphorn said Christians should not have to give up a symbol of their faith because others misuse it.
The American Civil Liberties Union opposes the policy, saying it violates the rights of free speech and religion.
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Carey said she was told by her principal she could not wear her necklace. Her parents added they are upset that their daughter is not being allowed to express her religious beliefs.