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8th Grader Arrested for Refusing to Remove His Rosary

An eighth grader was allegedly manhandled by police in Amarillo, Texas in October because of his rosary prayer beads, and the Rutherford Institute has taken up his case.

The civil liberties organisation is speaking out about the treatment of 14-year-old Jacob Herrera at a Sam Houston Middle School game, and expects the Amarillo Independent School District to change its policy regarding the prohibition of rosaries.

The beads are banned by the district because of their association with gang violence by the Amarillo Police Department. The schools do not allow their students to wear rosaries on school property, but Herrera received an exception from his principal.

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