Groups Amend Lawsuit Over Jesus Portrait

Apr 2, 2013

Two groups suing the Jackson City School district over a Jesus portrait displayed in a middle school now want the portrait taken down from the high school wall where it was relocated.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation recently filed a federal lawsuit charging the portrait violates the constitutional separation of church and state. An updated complaint now asks the court to also prohibit the portrait from display in the high school for the same reasons. The district says the portrait was moved last month at the preference of a Christian-based student club  the district views as its owner. District officials say taking the portrait down would censor students' private speech.