8th Grader Told to Remove his Dead Brother’s Rosary, he Refused and Paid a Terrible Price


A civil liberties organization, the Rutherford Institute, is speaking out about the treatment of 14-year-old Jacob Herrera at a Sam Houston Middle School football game.
Because of gang violence, the Amarillo Police Department have banned students from wearing rosary beads on school property. Herrera, however, received an exception from his principal because the rosary was a gift from the teen’s deceased brother. The rules were that he was only allowed to wear it under his clothing during school and outside of his clothing at football games.
Herrera’s mother, Lori Martinez, told a CBS affiliate, “My son passed away two years ago, 2012, and he was teaching Jacob, you know about God and how you know, he should wear the rosary to protect him. So Jacob believes that the rosary protects him, and it’s of his remembrance to his brother.”
On October 29, Herrera attended a middle school football game. He had the rosary exposed and was approached by an Amarillo police officer. The officer ordered Herrera to immediately remove the rosary from around his neck. When the teen refused to remove the beads, he was told to put his hands behind his back. Herrera also refused that instruction.
A witness to the event, Marviell Chavez said,“You know, he handcuffed him, and then crossed him across the street right there and slammed him again and he repeatedly slammed the child on the floor,”
Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead said the officer’s reaction was inappropriate. Whitehead believes excessive force was used.
“The school should not be allowing this to happen. He is just an eighth grader. Whitehead said, “I understand that this [could be seen as] a gang symbol, but you can’t repress the symbol. It is a matter of religious freedom and is a First Amendment right. I think that they are overreacting to the gang issues, and if you have somebody wearing it legitimately, yes, they should be allowed to wear it. I think it is an important issue, or we wouldn’t be involved.”
The young boy was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries from the arrest, and was detained overnight.
The Rutherford Institute is demanding that the district rescind its policy regarding rosaries and the police department to drop charges against Herrera, or legal action will be taken. District communications director Holly Shelton said the district’s policies are being reviewed.

19 Comments on "8th Grader Told to Remove his Dead Brother’s Rosary, he Refused and Paid a Terrible Price"

  1. Randy Jensen | 12/15/2014 at 5:43 PM |

    That’s because the Nazis were a bunch of demons evil horrible bad people

  2. Brent Espe | 12/15/2014 at 12:23 AM |

    Congratulations Kenneth! You just won the dumbest post of the week award!!!

  3. Burning a flag is court approved free speech, but wearing a religious symbol isn’t? How absurd. I would become wealthy after suing the snot out of all involved and then donate the award to fight this insanity.

  4. Craig1748 | 12/13/2014 at 12:11 PM |

    Where are our state leaders on this one???

  5. So, basically, now people are telling us AND our children when, where, and how they can wear their rosary beads. Is Christianity being systematically dismantled? Are we turning into a police state?
    Repeat after me…All Praise To Allah!
    If that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth we better start doing something about it because you’re going to be hearing a lot more of that and a lot less “our Father” if we continue to destroy the core Christian values this country was founded upon.
    Hey, I didn’t make the rules and I didn’t found our country nor fight nor participate in the gathering, pondering, and signing of the constitution.
    But I did take an oath and swore to defend it and the integrity of some pretty important men that laid some pretty important groundwork for this great nation.
    In God We Trust(ed)?
    Fight for the rosary. It’s not about the beads. It’s about the faith.

  6. Andrew Beverley | 12/13/2014 at 8:42 AM |

    If it was the Midwest, they would be more skeptical about the star of david, being that about 1/3 of the gangs out there use that symbol.

  7. Andrew Beverley | 12/13/2014 at 8:39 AM |

    Really? The conservatives run Texas!

  8. Ah yes, Amarillo, Texas, that bastion of progressive ideology…

  9. Scott Smith | 12/13/2014 at 4:36 AM |

    Why would an 8th grader need detained overnight? This is insane. What next, gov issued uniforms for citizens?

  10. REDWHITEANDBLUE48 | 12/13/2014 at 4:21 AM |

    Nazis were pure evil who tortured and exocuted millions of jews you moron. Pure genocide

  11. jack cock | 12/12/2014 at 10:11 PM |

    innocence is lost in this country… too much fucked up shit happens to let people do simple things they wouldnt think twice of 20-30 years ago

  12. Get-it-on | 12/12/2014 at 5:04 PM |

    This is what “policing” has come to. Union bought and paid for cops beholden to the liberals must enforce their bull$hit laws and manhandle children to appease their rulers. Stupid cops are coming down on the wrong side as they are being squeezed by liberals while F’ing over their would be allies.

  13. 1911HeadBanger | 12/12/2014 at 4:23 PM |

    How about we stop the dumbass gangs from wearing rosaries, that they don’t even understand what they are for. You don’t even wear them. But of course, since the criminal element does something, the good law abiding people have to jump through hoops and pay the price for doing a normal everyday activity. It comes from not punishing criminals and looking at everyone as a criminal first and a citizen second.

  14. DaveHolden | 12/12/2014 at 1:36 PM |

    Would they do anything if it was a star of David? No.

  15. DaveHolden | 12/12/2014 at 1:36 PM |

    Nazis didn’t demonize it – your government demonized Nazis.

  16. DaveHolden | 12/12/2014 at 1:35 PM |

    Well, having cut and dry rules is pretty conservative so that could apply as well. I think liberals would want arbitrary rules that could be selectively enforced, no?

  17. Liberal ideology leads to a “no tolerance” mentality. Don’t worry about gathering facts or allowing individual freedoms. If anything can possibly cause an issue, just ban it. Liberals believe that freedom causes problems so it is the problem.

  18. Kenneth V. Tellis | 12/12/2014 at 10:39 AM |

    Obama the Islamic president of the U.S. wants to remove every symbol of Christianity from America and replace it with his Muslim symbol the Crescent, that is why that boy in Texas that had a HOLY RASARY on his person was arrested by the police.

  19. Randy Len Miller | 12/12/2014 at 6:14 AM |

    How is a rosary a gang symbol? Just like they do the hatchetman. Decriminalize symbols… also the swastika is a symbol of might, how we let Nazi demonize its meaning lies in the true of hate in their heart, not the former?

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