An 8 year old boy from Taunton, MA was sent home from school Monday after handing in a drawing of Jesus on the cross, His eyes X'd out to signify death. The second grader thought he was drawing a holiday picture, his assignment for the day.
They kicked him out of school for completing an assignment. The mind, it boggles.
Do I have an opinion on this? Doesn’t everyone who has heard the story? It's horrible that this child was kicked out of school. I think it’s beyond ridiculous that the school requested the boy undergo a psychological evaluation before returning to class. Even worse, the family had to pay for the evaluation. Maxham Elementary School screwed this situation up. Blew it out of proportion. Handled it incorrectly. Effed up.
His father told WHDH the inspiration for his son’s picture might have come from the family’s recent visit to La Salette Shrine in Attleboro. Jeez, those people and their need to find the true spirit of Christmas. /sarcasm
Look, I was in Catholic school for seven years. We drew Jesus in every way, shape and form. That's what kids do when shown the image of Christ. I know what some might say to that - that was a parochial school, this boy went to a public elementary school, separation of church and state, yada yada yada... The fact remains, this is an 8 year old child who was asked to draw something that reminded him of Christmas and while Jesus on the cross is not the first image that comes to mind for most adults (that’s saved for the holiday with the rabbits and brightly colored chocolate eggs), for a child that image is incredibly powerful. Add to that the family’s trip to La Salette Shrine and is it any wonder he drew it? And is it so horrible that he did? Really, Taunton School System? Really? An obese man in need of Lap-Band surgery in a fury red suit who has a history of breaking and entering is okay but Jesus isn't? I was under the impression that CHRISTmas was a CHRISTian holiday. You know, about the birth of CHRIST.
God bless us, every one.
This is just the latest story in a long line of reports of school administrators and educators not using common sense or exhibiting good judgment when faced with a problem in our exceedingly PC world. These knee jerk reactions are doing more harm than good. Who are we protecting here - the children or our budgets? Lawyers are expensive, you know. Children, obviously, are expendable.
(Okay I'm done. Promise.)
You messed up, Taunton School System. Big time. You will go down in history as the ones who kicked a small, impressionable child out of school because he did what he was told. And that will be your cross to bear.
*Update: There is a wrinkle in this story, of course. Taunton school officials are fighting back. What do you think of this latest development?
Image Credit: Taunton Gazette