By: Carly O'Keefe
"The board did struggle because they felt personally they all felt they'd rather they stay up there, but legally, we were advised as far as liability to the district, it was in our best interest to take them down," said Anna School District Superintendent Bob O'Dell.
Pastor Al Campbell, the President of the Union County Alliance of Churches said the art was worth fighting for as fewer and fewer religious icons are on display in public areas. "Separation of church and state I don't think ever meant to be what we're experiencing right now across the nation," said Campbell. "I don't think it hurts young people to have our symbols in the schools."
The petitions will be presented to the school board, but for now, legality will keep religious displays off the school walls. "We felt our community as a whole was not offended by those pictures, but this is not a case where majority rules," O'Dell said.