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HS student goes on strike to get Ten Commandments returned to school; national media pays attention

An Ohio high school student with a flair for publicity is turning into a one-man plague for school administrators who removed a plaque of the Ten Commandments.

Harding High School freshman Anthony Miller has declared he is going on “strike,” refusing to participate in extracurricular activities or do homework until the plaque is returned, according to the Marion Star.

The plaque, which was a gift to the school from the class of 1953, was removed from its spot near the main office next to a copy of the Preamble to the Constitution in August by Principal Kirk Koennecke, according to the Star.

According to the Star, a school district news release explained he made the decision “after watching other Ohio school districts face legal challenges to their decision to keep the Ten Commandments posted.”

That’s not good enough for Miller and other Harding students. A petition is in the works to have the Ten Commandments restored to their pride of place, the Star reported.

Until that happens, Miller said he will be attending classes, but not much else.

“I told the principal, until there is an agreement reached, I will not participate in any Harding-related activities, any Marion City Schools-related activities,” he told the Star. “Sports, choir, classes, whatever. I won’t even wear my Harding Marching Band shirt.”

He’ll probably be too busy handling the media. After the local paper picked it up from the school paper, the Ten Commandments story, and Miller’s strike, has been featured by Fox News and the U.K.-based Daily Mail.

A major movie,  being out on the subject no doubt helps, too.

“I don’t care about my grades right now,” Miller said.

Probably a good thing.

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