Jesus costume deemed too offensive for school

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jesus costumeAlex Woinski says his friends often tell him that his long hair makes him look a lot like Jesus Christ. So when it came time to choose a costume for his school's Halloween celebration, he went with the obvious. He donned a crown of thorns, a fake beard, a long white robe and some sandals and showed up at West Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey as Jesus Christ.

His costume was a hit with students, not so much with Principal Joan Broe. Claiming that his costume was distracting, she sent the 13-year-old home. "Children were [asking], where is the boy who is Jesus Christ?" she said. "It was disrupting the education process."

But Woinski says that when he asked why he was being sent home, he was told it was because his costume was offensive to some students. Woinski's mom suspects that political correctness has once again reared its ugly head. "I think the whole freedom of speech and expression has definitely had a damper put on it, and this is proof of that," says Kim Woinski.

Although Principal Broe claims her decision to send Woinski home had nothing to do with the fact that his costume had a religious theme, I don't think I buy it. The education process at that school was disrupted the moment kids were allowed to wear their costumes to class. How is a Jesus costume any more disruptive than a witch, a pirate or a Hannah Montana costume?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.