Controversial artwork with the words “God is dead” has been removed from the wall of a Newton County high school after attracting worldwide attention.
The posters, featuring a quote from the Arthur Miller play “The Crucible,” were displayed at Alcovy High School as part of a language arts project.
Crystal Mitchell complained that the artwork upset her 10th grade daughter.
“She had no idea what ‘The Crucible’ was, so to her they were just simply words on a wall,” said Mitchell.
Earlier this month, Newton County school district officials told FOX 5 that they would not remove the artwork, saying that the poster reflects literature and is not an attack on religion. The play is about the Salem witch trials and is meant to symbolize the hunt for communists in the Joseph McCarthy era.
“The student was not reflecting religious preferences; basically, he’s just reflecting a quote in the book,” said Sherri Davis-Viniard of Newton County Schools.
Mitchell started a social media effort, including a Facebook page, “God is Alive in Newton,”that garnered thousands of supporters.