RALEIGH — The Wake County Public School System's Human Resources Department is investigating a complaint that a teacher told her students not to wear rosaries as necklaces.
Patricia Corbino is a science teacher at Leesville Road Middle School in Raleigh. Corbino said she is on paid administrative leave but could not go into detail regarding the complaint.
Neighbors in the Leesville community said they believe this should teach a lesson in tolerance.
"I think it should show that things are changing and people are changing that they can't box people in to believe certain thoughts. Everybody should be entitled to their opinion and think freely and respects everyone's thoughts too," said Steven Williams.
The school system's code of conduct states:
Principals shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing its dress code policy, including making reasonable accommodations on the basis of students' religious beliefs or medical conditions.