Neb. schools ban religious necklace with gang link

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Posted: Oct 03, 2011 6:42 PM
Neb. schools ban religious necklace with gang link

A Nebraska school district has banned a necklace that looks like a rosary after police told officials it's also being worn by gang members.

Fremont Superintendent Steve Sexton told KETV-TV ( http://bit.ly/pMan3Z) the policy is to protect students. He says police told school leaders the necklace is being used as a symbol of gang affiliation.

Omaha Catholic Archdiocese Chancellor Rev. Joseph Taphorn says Christians shouldn't 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 says she was told by her principal she couldn't wear her necklace. Her parents say they are upset that their daughter is not being allowed to express her religious beliefs.

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Information from: KETV-TV, http://www.ketv.com