NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) - A local parent hopes to put a life-size sculpture of Jesus on property near a high school in a Muskingum County district that agreed to remove a religious painting from an office after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a lawsuit.
Zanesville lawyer Jeanette Moll tells The Columbus Dispatch she commissioned a bronze statue similar to the image in the painting. She says it's an intentional effort but isn't a protest of the East Muskingum school board's decision to remove the painting from John Glenn High School in New Concord. Moll's children attended the school.
Moll says the sculpture would be a memorial to faith, placed on private land. She says she's in talks with a homeowner and church near the school about a permanent location for the sculpture.
The picture of Jesus came to public attention earlier this year after a high school student asked for it to be removed. A student initially was upset about the school's decision to remove a ‚ÄúGay is Okay‚ÄĚ t-shirt from a school display case, contending that restrictions of free speech were not being equally enforced.