'Jesus' disrupts school costume party

A New Jersey boy was sent home from middle school for dressing up as Jesus Christ — complete with fake beard and crown of thorns — for the Halloween party.

Alex Woinski, 13, said school officials told him his costume was “offensive to some students.” Principal Joan Broe told CBS 2 that the costume was a disruption, not a religious issue.

Broe said too many students were drawn to the costume, and that was reason enough.

“Children were [asking], where is the boy who is Jesus Christ?” she said. “It was disrupting the education process.”

Woinski’s father is Jewish. Well, that fits. His mother is Catholic. Hmmm. He recently celebrated his bar mitzvah.

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  1. Oh well, at least he didn’t go as Mohammad leading to riots and death around the world.

    He should have gone as Brian from the movie The Life of Brian.

  2. Doug Sundseth says:

    That looks like an open-and-shut violation of Woinski’s First Amendment rights. There was pretty clearly no “substantial interference with school discipline or the rights of others” (to use the terms of Tinker v. Des Moines ICSD) and the restriction was content-based.