A Newton County, Georgia school says it has reached a compromise after student artwork declaring "God is dead" sparked controversy, Barry Secrest wrote Sunday at the Conservative Refocus, citing a Friday report at My Fox Atlanta. The quote, Fox said, comes from Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible.”
Earlier in the week, Crystal Mitchell said the artwork upset her 10th grade daughter who attends Alcovy High School.
"If my child can't pray in school and they've taken religion out of school, for this to be plastered on the walls of the public school is a huge concern to me," she said.
Mitchell said the drawing has no place in the school and should be taken down, and claimed that other parents also expressed concern.
A Facebook page Mitchell set up to protest the artwork, "God Is Alive In Newton," has attracted over 600 supporters as of this writing.
But some say the artwork is not a message attacking religion, but a reflection of the play, written to symbolize the hunt for Communists during the McCarthy era.
"Thousands of students read this book every year. If it's not appropriate on the classroom wall, where is it appropriate," said Newton County Schools spokesperson Sherri Davis-Viniard.
On Friday, the school said the artwork would not come down, but announced that it had reached a compromise after meeting with Mitchell.
According to Mitchell, school leaders said they would have meetings with freshmen and sophomores to explain the context of the pictures.
"So it's not a total loss on our end," Mitchell said on Facebook.
Mitchell, however, maintained Sunday the quote has no business being on the school's wall, regardless of its source.
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