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Group Wants Painting of Jesus Removed From School

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A public school district is getting pressure from an out-of-town foundation over a painting of Jesus.

The painting is hanging over a stairwell at Jackson Middle School, in Jackson, Ohio.

The group wants it taken down, but the superintendent tells WTRF he's not succumbing to those demands, or even replying to the letter they sent him.

The group is called "The Freedom From Religion Foundation," based in Wisconsin.

It contends that by leaving the painting hanging over the main stairwell, the school district is giving Jesus and Christianity its stamp of approval, and that is in direct violation of the constitution.

The superintendent says the painting was a gift from a student-led group in 1947.