Administrators at Louisiana State University issued a formal apology on Monday for removing images of a Christian cross worn by football fans known as 'The Painted Posse,' reports FoxNews.com
The controversial photo was digitally altered by LSU Athletics to remove the small crosses the Christian students had painted above their hearts.
LSU officials sent the doctored photo in an e-newsletter to fans about the LSU game against South Carolina on Oct. 13. The Christian students were shocked to see the photo altered.
Painted Posse member Cameron Cooke told CampusReform.org: "I was a bit surprised, because our pictures get used so frequently, and the cross had never been edited before. The cross painting is important to me because it represents who I am as a Christ follower."
LSU photoshopped the picture in order not to offend non-Christian students, however, the negative media response caused the school to apologize.
An LSU administrator said in a Facebook post on Monday: “We erred in our judgment and we have communicated our apologies to the group of young men represented in the photo whose school spirit is second to none."
“We did not intend to offend anyone by the editing of this photograph and in the future we will use another photo rather than make a similar edit.”