POSTED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:59pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:53pm
(KETK) Rusk Tx — When a teacher was asked to removed a Christian poster from her Rusk High School classroom in early January, many in the community were upset.
But according to superintendent Scott Davis, the correct steps were taken, and says although most in the area may be Christian, a school district cannot show favoritism toward one religion.
"There are some lines that we need to respect when it comes to the employee and kid relationship when it comes to that so that's how we got to this point," said Davis.
But for senior Cameron Franks, he saw this, as an opportunity.
"I want to be a disciple for the Lord and spread the gospel but I don't want to offend anybody in the process so I was thinking well teachers, their hands are tied so why can't I do something." said Franks.
And so he did, along with his dad and some of his friends, they designed red shirts expressing their faith for students to wear on campus.
Now, anyone can make a donation to the cause at Cherokee County Credit Union, while businesses in the area, such as J&J Jewelry and The Hip Shack, have order sheets by their registers.
The money raised will help pay for shirts for students who may not be able to afford them.
It's an effort, Davis applauds.
"They honestly want to leave a great legacy behind of solid citizenship and in their case they're very grounded in their faith," said Davis.
A legacy, seniors such as Cameron, hope will be remembered long after they graduate.
"I know that that kind of attitude, once taken from here and grown and fostered and nurtured they're gonna be great citizens," said Davis.
"This is how I'm gonna display my discipleship toward my community and my school and after this I'm not going to have any regrets," said Franks.