About a month ago, I got into a discussion as to whether wearing a rosary around one's neck was a proper use of this devotion. I said that it was not, while a well-read adversary pointed to quotations from a saint commending the practice. (This doesn't always make it appropriate, by the way.) Meanwhile, a student at a Dallas school is learning about it the hard way:
Tabitha Ruiz was stopped by security guards at Seagoville High School in Dallas last week and told to take off the silver and ruby beaded rosary, a gift from her mother. On Monday, the same thing happened when she again came to the school wearing the beads.
"I went to school, walked through the metal detectors and they told me to take it off," the teen said. "I asked them why and they said because it's gang-related."
"Lately they’ve been seen wearing religious jewelry such as the rosary worn by gang members, so it is a factor," Sr Cpl Kevin Janse of the Dallas Police Department told the FOX affiliate.
Representatives of both The Jets and The Sharks could not be reached for comment. (PHOTO: Scene from Broadway musical West Side Story, courtesy Museum of the City of New York. Used without permission or shame.)