In Reply to: Interesting situation w/banning of religious symbols posted by being worn- gang-related question...read/comment SL Shawn on October 08, 2010 at 23:22:48:
Sekulow said, "If there is no evidence that a student is part of a gang that uses religious symbols as adornment, the student has a constitutional right to openly wear a cross or rosary."
“Students don’t lose First Amendment rights when they enter the school gates,” Sekulow said.
Gangs are given power when they cause OTHER PEOPLE to lose their freedom simply b/c they adopt GENERAL AND COMMON elements into their specific and unsavory identity and purposes.
Here in Texas, we've seen that w/ bandanas (typically prop wear for Western days, as well as those who otherwise work w/ cattle, farmwork, outdoors); and various colors (black and pink, red and blue); baseball hats worn certain ways; black arm bands intended for support for fallen students (but banned b/c it's a gang symbol); even certain tennis shoes have been banned at various times around here. It's ridiculous. Nail the gangs for being gangs, not for what they do or use. Find something else that supports gang identification, not just use of any single item.
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