Texas City A Texas City middle school studenthas found himself at odds with a dress code which prohibits necklaces that look like rosary beads.
I think it s not fair that they won t let me wear it, said Christian Thompson, an 8th grade student at Blocker Middle School
In 2005, Army Private Ramon Villatoro was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb.Thompson and Villatoro were good friends.Villatoro owned a necklace that looked like rosary beads and a cross. After his death, Thompson wanted one just like it.
It helps me remember him and makes me feel safe, added Thompson.
But three weeks ago, Thompson was attacked by a couple of boys at his school.A responding school police officer took the necklace away because it looked like gang paraphernalia.
My son is not in a gang and they re victimizing the victim, said Thompson s mother Marissa Harper.
A spokesperson with the Texas City Independent School District contends the policy is designed to protect all children whether they re part of a gang or not.
It s about any item or accessory that s been linked to gang activity, said district PIO Melissa Tortorici.
But one mother and her son are vowing to fight. This is more than a necklace, said Harper. It s a memory and an honor for a soldier who fought and died for our country.