The Wake County middle-school teacher who gained some national notoriety after being suspended for telling her students not to wear rosaries in class has resigned.
As noted in today's article, Patricia Corbino submitted her resignation Nov. 30. She had been suspended for pay for three months while the school district conducted an investigation into a complaint about the rosary incident.
On Aug. 27 on the first day of classes, Corbino , who is Catholic, explained to students her classroom rules. Among them was a request that any student who wore a rosary as a necklace remove it during her class.
The rosary represents a series of prayers. Catholics use rosary beads to keep track of the prayers as they proceed through the rosary.
The Roman Catholic Church tells its members not to treat rosaries as jewelry, although some believers, particularly Latino Catholics, do wear them as necklaces.
A parent of one of Corbino’s students complained to school officials, saying the teacher’s rule violated her students’ right to free expression.
There are more than a few oddities about the situation.
It's unclear whether any students actually did wear rosaries in the class.
Also, the mom who complained isn't Catholic but is actually Protestant.