Students Protest Order to Remove Statue of Jesus

May 31, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News Tribune

Wire Service: AP

Two students who put up a small statue of Jesus in their high school said their freedom of speech was violated when they were asked to take it down.

Mount Abraham Union High School Principal Paulette Bogan said the statue violated a policy requiring student displays to exhibit academic work or educate or inform the community.

The statue didn’t, she said.

On May 16, Torin Olivetti and Galen Helms placed the 2-foot tall statue in a second-floor balcony overlooking the main lobby in what they say was part of a project for their advanced placement English class.