Texas students take action after lawsuit forced covering of Ten Commandments

O'Donnell Ten Commandments (NBC News)

O’DONNELL, TX (KCBD) –  A group of Texas high school students are rallying around their display of the Ten Commandments.

O’Donnell High School had a painting of the Ten Commandments and a Bible verse in the recently-built common area of the school, but when students came to school Thursday morning, both paintings were covered up.

O’Donnell ISD Superintendent Dr. Cathy Amonett says she received a letter from a group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation on Wednesday night.

The letter said they had received an anonymous complaint about the Ten Commandments and the scripture painted on the school wall.

Dr. Amonett says she covered up the paintings to avoid a lawsuit, until a better solution can be found.

The mural was initially covered with black paper, but some students tore that down.

Now, the Ten Commandments painting is covered with an American Flag.

“I made the decision to cover it up until I made a more informed decision about what I should do, because I don’t want to harm the district or cause any controversy or anything,” Dr. Amonett said.

“She’s been very calm and very loving towards all of us. The first thing she said is, I know you’re all frustrated. I’m just as frustrated as you are,” junior Abby Franklin said.

But the students have taken that frustration and turned it into a movement.

“Students have put verses on sticky notes just around the hallways and stuff. So two verses and commandments they’ve been complaining about turned into 70 verses,” junior Sebastian Pedroza said.

“I’m proud of my kids. I think that they have shown the kind of people that they are. They believe in the Ten Commandments and they want to stand up for it, and I’m proud of them for that,” Dr. Amonett said.

Now it is a waiting game, as they still don’t know who initially complained.

“The next step is I’m going to do some more investigation, and get with the school leadership, and the community, and the students, and we will decide what we need to do to protect the school, while also honoring it,” Dr. Amonett said.

PDF: Original letter from Freedom From Religion Foundation

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