Student painting removed, replaced


A Lebanon High School student’s controversial painting has been placed back up for display after complaints were made.
The painting, which depicted a drowning Statue of Liberty and the words “We the People” dripping in blood, was taken down by an administrator and replaced by a printout of the Statue of Liberty, according to Brooklyn Miller’s mother, Missy Burch, who contacted the Daily Record via Facebook. The district has since said that it has put the painting back up for display in the student art gallery wall at LHS.
“The artwork was removed during a review process, which included a conversation with the student artist and teacher in order to better understand symbolism included in the work,” the Lebanon R-3 District said in a statement to the Daily Record. “Following the review, no projection of a material or substantial disruption to the school environment was evident, and that was communicated to the student. Upon that determination, the artwork was returned to the student art gallery and is once again being displayed.”
The district also commented that it “very much values student creativity and the freedom of expression within a safe and secure school environment.”

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