Published March 15, 2013
JACKSON, Ohio – The superintendent of an Ohio district facing a federal lawsuit over a Jesus portrait in a middle school says it's been moved to a high school at the preference of the Christian-based student club that the district views as the picture's owner.
A complaint about the portrait led to a lawsuit against Jackson City Schools in southern Ohio.
The Hi-Y club put the portrait up in 1947. The school board recently voted to keep the portrait up, while allowing other student groups to hang portraits related to their focuses. Officials said taking it down would censor students' private speech.
A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and Freedom From Religion Foundation contends the portrait unconstitutionally promotes religion at school.