EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSOhio School, ACLU Settle Suit Over Jesus Portrait
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 4, 2013 3:53 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 10:27 PM EDT
Jackson , Jackson County , Ohio
A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit challenging the display of a portrait of Jesus that had been in a southern Ohio school for years.
The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday announced they have agreed to settle the lawsuit against the Jackson City School District.
The ACLU in a statement said the agreement requires the district to permanently remove the portrait and to pay the organization damages and legal fees "totaling nearly six figures."
The school in April said it had removed the portrait. But negotiations on the settlement stalled after it was discovered that the portrait had returned to the school lawn for a prayer meeting, and was also visible to those entering an art-storage area.
The district didn't have an immediate comment on the settlement.
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