The picture had been moved from the middle school to the high school
(AP) - A southern Ohio school district says displaying a Jesus portrait in its high school doesn't violate the U.S. Constitution and students' free speech rights would be violated if a judge orders it removed.
The Jackson City School district on Tuesday asked a federal judge not to grant the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation's motion for an order removing the portrait.
The groups on Monday asked the judge to order the portrait removed from the high school wall where it was moved last month.
Those same groups sued school officials in February, charging that the portrait displayed then in a middle school illegally promoted religion.
School officials say the portrait is owned by a Christian-based student club and represents private speech.