A high school freshman says he's on strike following his principal's decision earlier this year to remove a Ten Commandments plaque from the wall of his Ohio high school.
Freshman Anthony Miller isn't happy that a copy of Old Testament law, which was positioned in the hallway near a staircase, was taken down at Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, where it had been in display since the class of 1953 gifted it to the school, Fox News reported.
So, Miller — who first noticed the plaque was missing back in early September — is taking action.
While Marion City Schools said that the decision was made to avoid a legal battle, that explanation has done little to temper Miller's critiques, with the student protesting the move with a drastic measure: he's not doing any classwork or participating in official school activities.
"I don't care about my grades right now," Miller, who is attending class despite his refusal to do work, told the Marion Star. "I told the principal, until there is an agreement reached, I will not participate in any Harding-related activities, any Marion City Schools-related activities. Sports, choir, classes, whatever. I won't even wear my Harding Marching Band shirt."
He said he is aware of the consequences for his actions, but that he wants to get his point across.
School officials are taking the matter seriously. Superintendent Gary Barber met with Miller last Wednesday and both sides of the debate will meet again January 6 to decide where the Ten Commandments display will inevitably end up, according to the Star.
"Our responsibility, when we're challenged, is we do what's in line with the law," Barber told the outlet.
Miller, though, plans to continue his protest, circulating a petition to get the display back up on the high school's walls. The district said he will not be punished for his protest of classwork and homework, so long as he does not disrupt the school day.
(H/T: Fox News)
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