Friday, August 18, 2006
Michael L. Queen, a member of the board and a leader in the effort to resist the removal of the picture, said:Before 4 a.m. Thursday, a suspect broke a window to a technology lab in the back of the school and headed straight for the portrait. The suspect covered his face when near security cameras and made off with the picture, school officials said. The suspect apparently didn't disturb or steal anything else.
The suspect left behind the wooden frame and the portrait's backing, said schools Superintendent Carl Friebel. The suspect also left some fingerprints on the window frame, and images were caught by three security cameras.
I can assure the ACLU that when we recover it, it will go back up. Or there will be maybe a picture similar to it that will go back up.On the other hand, "[s]pokespersons for both the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said they were appalled by the theft and the matter would have been better handled in court."
P.S. Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars again.