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A Kansas school has taken down a portrait of Jesus Christ after being threatened with legal action, and some parents and former students aren’t happy about the decision.
Royster Middle School, a public school in the city of Chanute, had been displaying a print of Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ” since the 1950s, according to Reuters. The portrait was removed earlier this week after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the district a letter warning that the display was “an egregious violation of the First Amendment,” according to an FFRF news release.
The school district’s attorneys agreed.
“I conferred with legal counsel and both of them told me to be in compliance with state and federal law that we had to have it removed,” Chanute Public Schools Superintendent Richard Proffitt told Reuters.
As a result, the picture of Jesus came down.
Bryce Williams aka Vester Lee Flanagan II
The man who police say killed two journalists during a live broadcast Wednesday was no stranger to WDBJ-TV. He was Bryce Williams, a reporter for the Roanoke, Virginia, station until he was fired two years ago.
More accurately, Williams was the on-air name for Vester Lee Flanagan II.
Williams died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, hours after he fatally shot WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during the station’s morning newscast. A woman the journalists were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, also was shot and is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
The ex-reporter moved through several television markets in his career, usually leaving after a few years, not always on good terms. Williams, who was black, sued one former employer in Florida for racial discrimination, a case that was later settled out of court.
The accusation of racism surfaced again Wednesday when Williams’ Twitter account tweeted that Parker had made racist comments. Another tweet suggested that Ward complained to human resources officials after the pair worked together.
The shooting devastated Parker and Ward’s colleagues, who covered the story as they mourned, and was shocking for the way it played out.
Williams’ Twitter account featured video that showed the shooting from the gunman’s perspective.
The same footage was posted on a Facebook page, also under the name Bryce Williams.
Both social media accounts were suspended within minutes of the video being posted.