The picture of Jesus has been hanging on the wall of the middle school in Jackson since 1947.
Just this week, critics from the Freedom from Religion Foundation warned the district that displaying the painting in a public school is unconstitutional.
The school board meeting Tuesday night was tense with some parents being booed when they spoke.
“Faith is a big part of this community. We rely on each other. We rely on God,” said parent Hurston Hall.
Hall believes the picture of Jesus is just an example of the community’s faith and should stay.
Hall’s son is now a high school senior.
“Every day in school I remember it being there, it was just motivation,” said Travis Hall.
One former student voiced opposition to the portrait and was booed.
“It is still violating the United States Constitution and must be removed immediately,” she said.
After 40 minutes of public comment, the superintendent told the crowd that the picture will stay.
The superintendent said if the Freedom from Religion Foundation decides to sue, he will worry about the lawsuit then.
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