Well, maybe it shouldn’t be considered as jewelry, but the consider a rosary a gang symbol? Really? Is the Catholic church a gang? Or do real gangs use a rosary, and maybe I’m just living under a rock and don’t know what’s happening in the world?
Those darn Knights of Columbus are recruiting young aren’t they. I hear they are hooking young kids on communion wine and wafers. :->
You haven't heard of the Southern Catholic Women's Group for Prayer and Combat? If you hear a woman in a long dress with a lot of kids say, "Bless your heart," be afraid ... very afraid.
But seriously, Mexican and Central American gangs are wearing rosaries as regalia (or whatever they call it). I think the focus on gang symbols is simply a smokescreen to cover the state's refusal to put criminals in jail, but that's a separate issue.
Real gangs use rosaries worn around the neck as gang symbols.
I've never known a devout Catholic to wear a rosary as jewelry, however.
No, but it’s quite possible it’s been co-opted by a gang. Bandanas aren’t inherently evil, but they were considered gang wear where I taught. Even teachers weren’t allowed to wear them.
Sad to say, it is not uncommon for Mexican and Central American gangs to hijack Catholic imagery - in particular rosaries, pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe, baroque-style crucifixes and crosses, etc - for gang symbolism. If this particular school district has a problem with gangs who use rosaries as gang symbols, I can hardly blame them for banning rosaries. It certainly sucks for the young lady, however.
No, there are no maybes or buts about it: you don't wear a rosary!
And if you're wearing it, well, it could well be because you ARE using it as a gang symbol.