Fed Court Vindicates Student Suspended for Wearing Rosary
PTL! A win for our side!
A federal court judge has ordered a New York school district to readmit a seventh-grade student suspended indefinitely for wearing a rosary to school after officials said the Catholic prayer beads violated the school’s dress code.
U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence E. Kahn issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday ordering Schenectady City School District to permit 13-year-old Raymond Hosier to return to classes at Oneida Middle School wearing his rosary.
Kahn responded to a same-day request by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a legal advocacy group for religious freedom, and declared that the school district’s dress code policy violated his First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.
“We’re delighted that Raymond can now return to school with his Rosary in place,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ.
“This is an important first step in the legal process in what we believe will ultimately result in the federal district court determining that the punishment inflicted by the school district by suspending Raymond for wearing a Rosary not only was wrong, but violated his constitutionally-protected rights of free speech and free exercise of religion.” Read the entire article.