Jesus picture removed from Chanute middle school

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 23, 2015 at 3:51 p.m.

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CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — A picture of Jesus has been removed from a southeast Kansas middle school where it had hung for decades.

First-year superintendent Richard Proffitt says the Chanute district's lawyer advised that Royster Middle School could not legally display the print of Warner Sallman's "Head of Christ."

The Wichita Eagle ( reports that issues arose after the district received a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The national organization is dedicated to the principle of separation of church and state.

Ryan Jayne, a spokesman for the foundation's legal department, said he thinks it's "wonderful" that the district responded the way it did and as quickly as it did.

But many in the community aren't happy, including former student Erika Semey. She says, "Not enough people have Christ in their lives."


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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