An Ohio middle school was forced to remove a Jesus portrait after a lawsuit was brought forth. The Christian Post shared the details on Oct. 7.
Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio, had a painting called “Head of Christ” up in its Hall of Honor. While the painting had been there for decades, it seems, two anonymous parents and a student claimed the painting violated the student's constitutional rights.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU represented the parents and student in the case, and a settlement was reached. The school was forced to remove the Jesus portrait, and the district will be paying about $100,000 in the settlement to cover the family's legal fees.
It seems the school district's insurance would not cover the legal fees in the case, so the district had few options. As the ACLU Ohio legal director James Haridman says, “The law is pretty clear” regarding the display of religious artifacts in a public school. The school district disagreed that the painting was a problem, but they did settle.
Interestingly, the Jesus portrait continues to be present at Jackson Middle School. It is brought onto the school lawn during prayer meetings, and it is kept in an art storage area. The district seemingly wanted to fight the lawsuit, but had to settle when their insurance company said it wouldn't cover it. People definitely have their opinions over the school being forced to remove the Jesus portrait. What's your take?