Anoka-Henn bans student from wearing rosary to support cancer-striken g'ma; say it's "gang sign"

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Jake Balthazor.jpg
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Balthazor, wearing the "controversial" rosary around his neck.
Fifteen-year-old Jake Balthazor's grandmother has breast cancer. She goes in for surgery today.

In the days leading up to his grandmother's operation, Jake has taken to wearing a rosary she gave him as a necklace. He's Lutheran, yet wears the Catholic badge "to support her."

But recently, school officials at Coon Rapids High School summoned Balthazor to the principal's office. They asked him not to wear the rosary again. "They think it's a gang sign," Jake told WCCO.

An Anoka-Hennepin School District spokesperson confirmed that the school asked Balthazor not to wear the rosary again. The district's dress code forbids "any apparel, jewelry, accessories, or matter of grooming which by virtue of its color arrangement, trademark, or any other attribute (as a primary purpose) denotes membership in an organized gang." Maybe district officials regard all religious groups as organized gangs or something?
Jake Balthazor gma.jpg
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Balthazor's grandma (pictured) has surgery today, and Jake plans to wear his rosary.

Jake's father, Dave Thompson, said, "I don't know how anything with the church can be affiliated with a gang." More generally, we don't know how officials at the bad-PR-plagued school district could possibly think it's a good idea to lay the boots to a kid who is clearly just trying to support his sick grandma.

Thompson added: "[Jake's] opinion is: If he's wearing it, grandma's going to be OK."

Balthazor said he plans to wear the rosary to school today, but will put it in his pocket if schools officials ask him to.

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Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

 And, of course, all the gang tats he has...

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

You can tell he's gang related by the way he wears his hat the way it was intended to be worn.

swmnguy
swmnguy

The Anoka-Hennepin district doesn't seem able to go a week without another outrage against reason and common sense.  The leadership of that district needs to be removed, but apparently there's a constituency out there that supports this crazy Nativist, sado-masochistic petty authoritarianism. The thing about the Crucifix is one of those viral hoaxes, directed against Latin American kids.  American Nativists, Protestants primarily, have spread the slander that wearing a Crucifix is a Latin gang insignia.  As a parent of kids in the Minneapolis schools, I've heard the rumor from parents either naive and gullible or racist in that nudge-nudge/wink-wink way so common around here. It wouldn't surprise me if the  idiots running the fools running the Anoka-Hennepin district don't know it's an internet hoax.  They seem to believe a lot of other patently ridiculous things, and the more harm they do to kids with no justification, the more they cling to their discredited false beliefs.  I am kind of surprised they did this to a straight white boy with an intact family, but they must be running out of targets up there.

Mnjoe
Mnjoe

 "any apparel, jewelry... denotes membership in an organized gang."  Isn't Catholicism an organized gang?  Anyway, I'd be willing to bet the family has already spoken to an attorney,

Guest
Guest

The kid is cool.  If it's going to be against the rules he will cooperate to get his diploma.  It's better than suing which will just cost a lot of people time and money and distract from his education.  He can save taking on all the injustices of the world for later. The school district has lost it's way apparently.  By not over-reacting he's already showing signs of adult maturity. Hope his Grandma gets better soon.

Luther, of the Hill People
Luther, of the Hill People

like everything, religion is ok in moderation. i am not personally into it, but i can respect those who are, as long as they respect me back. like my dad said years ago, the problem isn't religion, it's fanatics. there are many fanatical christians in this country, there are fanatical muslims, there are fanatical atheists. they all suck.

Kate Larkin
Kate Larkin

Wow .. how uneducated can the Anoka-Henn district administation prove themselves to be???

Guest
Guest

Sometimes a Rosary is just a Rosary

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