Tattooed Jesus ad controversy: Lubbock Independent School District sued for not running ad

LUBBOCK, TX--A west Texas religious group is suing the Lubbock Independent School District over an advertisement.

The ad at the center of the suit is a tattooed Jesus shown on billboards all over Lubbock. It also shows a website: features a video of Jesus removing people's negative tattoos, representing their struggles, and turning them into positive ones, reports.

The group behind the ad, Little Pencil LLC., says it's meant to promote the Bible's teachings through contemporary marketing.

According to their suit, the district would not show the ad on their Jumbotron during high school football games. But they claim the district allowed other faith-based organizations to advertise.

School district officials say they have not yet been served with the suit.

The district released this statement on Tuesday:

"Lubbock ISD has not received any official notification of a lawsuit, nor has the district been served. However, we understand a press release has been sent by the plaintiff's out-of-state attorneys to the local media. We cannot comment on potential pending litigation, but we would always prefer to spend tax dollars in classrooms rather than courtrooms."

Berhl Robertson, Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent