Student suspended in Waxahachie TX for wearing pentacle
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From: "H. Lanier Fortune II" <wynterbourne@...>
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Subject: BNB_News - 08.27.02 - Student suspended in Waxahachie TX for
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> Rebecca Moreno, age 15, a freshman at Waxahachie High school, in
> Waxahachie, Texas, was suspended from school this week for refusing
> to remove her pentacle that is banned by the school district dress
> Laura, her mother, contacted Bryan Lankford, Interfaith Director for
> Betwixt & Between Community Center and Covenant of the Goddess in
> Texas in regards to this situation.
> Bryan spoke with Ms. Moreno and then contacted our local ACLU
> representative Rick Lannoye.
> Mr. Lannoye also made contact with Ms. Laura Moreno when the school
> officially suspended Rebecca August 26th, 2002.
> When the school refused to let Rebecca return to school unless she
> removed her pentacle, Laura let the media, chamber of commerce in
> Waxahachie, and even the Mayor know what was going on.
> From our experience with the Dallas Independent School Districts
> Religious Task force we have a publication issued by the First
> Amendment Center, "Finding Common Ground, A First Amendment Guide to
> Religion and Public Education." Written by Charles C. Haynes, Ph.D.,
> Oliver Thomas, Esp., Legal Editor, which defines the guidelines.
> In 1995, the Department of Education and the Justice Department
> drafted and sent a directive to Secretary of Education called
> Guidelines on Religious _Expression in Public Schools.
> The section of Religious _Expression in Public Schools reads as such:
> Student Garb
> Schools enjoy substantial discretion in adopting policies relating
> to student dress and school uniforms. Students generally have no
> Federal right to be exempted from religiously neutral and generally
> applicable school dress rules based on their religious beliefs or
> practices; however, schools may not single out religious attire in
> general, or attire of a particular religion, for prohibition of
> regulation. Students may display religious messages on items of
> clothing to the same extent that they are permitted other
> comparative messages. Religious messages may not be singled out for
> suppression, but rather are subject to the same rules as generally
> apply to comparable messages.
> In our conversation with Ms.Moreno this morning she shares that
> Rebecca has no intention of backing down in this matter.
> We encourage you to show your positive support in this matter by
> contacting the Waxahachie School District at following addresses and
> phone number.
> Waxahachie ISD
> 411 North Gibson Street
> Waxahachie, Texas 75165
> Fax 972 923 4795
> School Administration Building
> Superintendent Dr. Bobby Parker Jr.
> Email Bparker@...
> Public Relations matters Candice Ahlfinger
> Director of Safety and Security
> Jerry McLemore JmcLemore@...
> All correspondence of for Rebecca may be sent to her mother Laura at
> In Dallas television stations have covered the story on Fox4 and NBC.
> We await further developments as Laura files an official grievance
> with the Waxahachie School district concerning the matter of
> Rebecca's suspension.
> You can view at the footage from NBC covering the story and there
> vote in their on line survey as well at:
> For general community information, complaints of discrimination in
> school districts such as this may be filed with the Justice
> Department at the following web address:
> We will send updates as the Laura's story unfolds.
> Together we can do everything,
> Maeven Eller
> Betwixt & Between Community Center
> Dallas, Texas