According to a recent report, the most popular costumes for Halloween this year included witches, zombies, Miley Cyrus, and the meth dealers of "Breaking Bad." Those types of costumes didn't raise any eyebrows among staff at Highland Park (IL) High School, but when a student showed up dressed as Jesus yesterday, school officials made him remove it.
The incident, as reported by NBCDFW.com, highlights the recent trend of banning the public expression of the Christian faith. Marshon Sanders, a senior at the school, showed up on Halloween in costume, which the school allowed. His choice of character, however, soon got him pulled out of class and called to the dean's office.
"He's the most influential person in my life, so why not be Jesus?" the teen told reporters. That wasn't good enough for school officials, who made him remove the costume. "They told me it was offensive and I was promoting religion, which I wasn't at all," he said.
After Sanders called his mother, school officials finally relented and allowed him to wear it. Sanders, however, was still upset over his treatment and refused to wear the costume. "I didn't want to put it back on because I didn't feel right," he said.
School officials later told members of the media that their objections were based in school policy, that prevented students from wearing costumes that reinforces negative stereotypes or could be deemed offensive to someone's religion, culture, or sexual orientation. That reason, however, is at odds with the excuse officials initially gave Sanders, who objected to him promoting the Christian faith.
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