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Wake School Reconsiders Students Controversial Artwork

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Some Wake County high school graduates can boast a legal victory over their controversial art work.

As part of a senior class project, Green Hope High School students were asked to paint a symbol of themselves on tiles that were to be mounted on a wall inside the school.

When more than a dozen students painted religious symbols and biblical scriptures, school leaders asked them to take the tiles down.

Attornies with The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group, informed the school that by excluding the tiles, the students' right to free speech was violated.

A day before the group was to file a complaint on behalf of students, the Institute received a letter from the Wake County School Board stating the tiles could stay.

The tiles that were removed from the wall were returned to students in May. There is no word if the tiles will be returned to the school.

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