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Posted by disaster_orchid on 2007.05.04 at 16:15
Current Location: 46303
Current Mood: sympatheticsympathetic
I live in Cedar Lake and saw an article in our local paper on Wednesday that caught my attention. It was about a girl at Hanover Central being sent home Monday for having a Pentagram on her cheek. Her father, a practicing Pagan, explained that it was for religious reasons (Beltane); and that a child with ash on their face on Ash Wednesday would not be sent home, asked for an apology. He didn't recieve one and the next day the girl was sent home again for the same reason. Here's the story in the Times yesterday.

I was just wondering if there is anything we can do to help these people. If anyone knows them, maybe you could ask them if they would like our support...I'm sure if you look up their name you might be able to find a phone number. I don't know. I just feel for this family and want them to know that the NWI Pagans support them.

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revia
revia at 2007-05-04 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
There has been quite the discussion today about the article on the NIPA yahoo group. It seems that some people are supporting the family at all costs, and others are seeing things from the viewpoint of the school administrators.

I am sympathetic to the family, but I really do think that they should have done something when the girl's necklaces were confiscated. THAT is discrimination. If the school does not allow students to paint their faces ever, then they have the right to send them home if they don't take it off. It's not the same as smudges on the foreheads of Catholics on Ash Wednesday. There is no liturgical precedent in drawing pentagrams on one's face for Beltane.

I am suggesting to people in the Hanover school district that they call call or write their local officials and express their opinions. Well-written, articulate letters signed by Pagans in their community are going to go a lot further than an outsider mob screaming discrimination.
springluv at 2009-02-19 23:03 (UTC) (Link)
My love goes out to this pagan family, if there is anything I can do add support and comfort to their lives let me know. I just joined , you can private message me here.
Blessings!
adamkk1 at 2009-11-04 00:50 (UTC) (Link)

Sympathy

I also live in the town of Cedar Lake, I'm new to the religion and have just begun my practice. This town is extremely judgemental and dismissive of anything that is not understood by them. I guess is as most people/communities. My sympathy goes out to this family because I well know the the type of prejudice that they are facing and it isn't right.
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