13-year-old student, Raymond Hosier, was suspended again from Oneida Middle School after refusing to take off his purple rosary beads for the second time. His mother waited in the car to see if he would be sent home, and sure enough, she was called in the office to get Raymond. The district prohibits beads because they may represent affiliation with a gang. But Raymond says he wears them in memory of his deaseed brother and uncle, not because of gang relations.
Is the district going to far?
And if the boy was in fact affiliated with a gang, then how would taking the beads off benefit the school?