- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A Central California boy has been banned from displaying a rosary around his neck because it’s a violation of the school district’s dress code.

KFSN reports (https://abc30.tv/1HZDDgq ) Friday that third-grader Estevan A. Campos says the gift from his grandmother makes him feel safe.

On Tuesday, he says, the principal at Belleview Elementary pulled him aside and told him, he’s not allowed to display it on campus.

He removed it and later told his father.

The father says he was told his son couldn’t wear the rosary because it’s “gang affiliated,” the station reported.

Porterville Unified School District Superintendent John Snavely declined to comment on what was said to the boy.

Snavely says students were wearing the rosary as jewelry and a Catholic priest asked the district to ban practice or ask students to keep them hidden under clothing.

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Information from: KFSN-TV.


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