Feb 21, 2011 2:09 PM by David Ortiviz

Pueblo County High tells students to remove rosaries

Students at Pueblo County High School aren't allowed to wear rosaries on the outside of their clothing. Last week, the principal told students to tuck them in or remove them because they're considered a gang-related item.

School District 70 doesn't have any policies banning rosaries, but Pueblo County High decided the string of beads are distractive to the educational process. The school district's dress code policy states: "Non-traditional clothing, make-up, nail polish, lipstick and other attire that distracts from the educational process and environment is not acceptable."

"We weren't having a major problem," said Terrie Tafoya, the school's principal. However she says recently a few students came to school wearing rosaries, even though they haven't been allowed to wear them since last school year. Tafoya says according to local law enforcement the rosary is affiliated with the Sorenos gang.

A student who wanted to remain anonymous told News First 5 he "personally doesn't think this is right." "What happened to freedom of religion?" the student said.



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