School Restrictions On Rosaries Draw Scrutiny

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is checking into a new rule at Brownsville schools against displaying rosaries and crosses.

Lisa Graybill, legal director for the ACLU of Texas, says she has filed open records requests to examine the district policy.

She says students' right to wear articles of faith in school is "indisputably protected" by the U.S. Constitution and Texas law.

School officials in Brownsville tell the San Antonio Express-News there is no written policy, but they've asked students to tuck the items under their clothes after receiving a warning from school police.

District Police Chief Oscar Garcia says a handful of students had been wearing handmade rosaries around their heads and waists as an indication of affiliation with prison gangs.