SPRING HILL, Tenn. – An atheist group has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Spring Hill high school student who dressed up as Jesus Christ for Fictional Character Day.

Freedom From Religion Foundation co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor said sophomore Jeff Shott contacted the group after he was asked by the principal to remove his costume because officials felt it would be disruptive.

Shott wrote an account that was posted on the foundation’s website Friday. Shott said he was having breakfast in the cafeteria before the start of classes on Jan. 30 when he was approached by the head principal and the assistant principal.

He decided to take off the costume but complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the incident. Shott also complained that his science teacher told students that evolution was only a theory and that the origin of modern humans lies with Adam and Eve.