Critics say it is wrong to replace a mural depicting heroes such as Mother Teresa with mere celebrities, such as Oprah Winfrey. (FOX News)
For years, boys and girls at South Arbor Charter Academy have been inspired by Heroes Hall – a corridor featuring murals that honored the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts, Mother Teresa, Betsy Ross and Albert Einstein.
But many parents are furious after the principal had the murals replaced with paintings.
“This is no longer a hall of heroes,” parent Craig Bergman told me. “Now we have a hall of celebrities.”
The original mural had been a part of the Michigan charter school for years. It included a diverse group of national and global “heroes” – from Gandhi to the astronauts who were killed when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas.
Those images were replaced with President Obama, Oprah, Maya Angelou, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and Walt Disney.
Parent Todd Holliday told me the new mural sends the wrong message to children in the K-8 school.
“My biggest concern is my kid seeing these murals for the next four years – thinking they represent what a hero is,” Holliday told me. “They might be successful business people but they aren’t really heroes.”
Bergman said the school’s new mural really transforms the concept of what makes a person a hero.
Written by Todd Starnes
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