O'Donnell High School paints over display of Ten Commandments - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

O'Donnell High School paints over display of Ten Commandments

Students took to Facebook to post their opinions (source: Katye Gruben) Students took to Facebook to post their opinions (source: Katye Gruben)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A controversy that started back on Sept. 8 has come to an end at O'Donnell High School. A wall displaying the Ten Commandments has been painted over.

Superintendent of O'Donnell ISD, Dr. Cathy Amonett, released this statement.

"After consultation with legal counsel, community members and students, I have decided as the Superintendent of O'Donnell ISD that the Ten Commandment mural will no longer be on display beginning Sept. 16, 2016. Although the District's students and community members strongly support the preservation of the mural as it is, I have decided that its continued display in the commons area of the school is not in the District's best legal interests."

The community showed strong support for the display at a public meeting on Sept. 13, following a legal warning issued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Students rallied around the cause, covering the walls with notes filled with scripture.

"I am so very proud of the students at O'Donnell ISD for taking a stand for what they believe in and for demonstrating extremely mature conduct in the expression of those beliefs. They have shown themselves to the world to be strong, intelligent and passionate students who deserve to be respected. The current state of American constitutional jurisprudence, however, does not permit the District to continue its display of the mural," Dr. Amonett wrote.

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