10 February 2005

Patriotic Necklace Banned in a NY School

We have really degraded as a society if a Public School System can ban the wearing of beads by children. But that is what has happened in Schenectady, NY. A very patriotic young lady named Raven Furbert, a middle school student, hand crafted a necklace made out of red, white, and blue beads. She did this because she wanted to show her support for our troops in Iraq. Her uncle is currently serving in Iraq and has a cousin who was wounded there. And she felt that by doing this, she would honor them.
The school maintains that the wearing of beads is disruptive to the educational process. The district doesn't have a written policy specifically forbidding the wearing of beads, just a general statement that wearing gang related clothing is forbidden. The district stated that local law enforcement had advised them that gang members were sending messages to each other by wearing colored plastic beads. So they are considering the wearing of beads as gang related clothing. Why? Because some cop told them so? Where is the A.C.L.U. now? Conveniently absent I'm afraid.
This little girl made a necklace out of beads using the colors of our national flag. And the school might I add. Just to support our troops. She shouldn't be punished for this. She should be commended. This whole incident is a prime example of what is wrong with the educational system. Shouldn't the school be more concerned with literacy and teaching skills that will help these children survive as adults? Another example of the system Preaching Not Teaching. A.C.L.U. WHERE ARE YOU!! The school should be evaluating things like this on a individual case. The only gang that those colors represent, is us. The United States of America. And I am proud of this young lady.
Raven and her attorney Bob Keach were on Hannity and Colmes Thursday night. At the end of the interview, Sean offered to buy a necklace off of Raven. She said that she'd make him one for free. Sean was haggling with her and no doubt paid her for it. But the gesture shows what kind of children we can have in this country if encouraged such as Raven has obviously been. And in the closing segment, not only was Sean wearing a necklace, so was Alan. Miracle? No, common sense.
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is nice to see that the people have not forgot about this article. My daughter was on the front page of the Times Union (in Albany)today. And still insisted on going to school. I am waiting for a phone call saying that there is trouble over her necklace. Thank you for support. After having so many family members that have gone or is still there she just wanted to show her patriatism.
Thank You again.

2/17/2005 10:10:00 AM  

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