An eight-year-old boy was suspended and sent to a psychologist for evaluation because he drew a “violent” picture of Jesus on the cross, reports the Taunton (MA) Gazette.
A second-grade teacher at Taunton’s Maxham Elementary School had asked children to draw something that reminded them of Christmas. The boy drew a stick figure of a man on a cross, probably inspired by a recent family visit to a Christmas display at a Christian shrine.
“I think what happened is that because he put Xs in the eyes of Jesus, the teacher was alarmed and they told the parents they thought it was violent,” said Toni Saunders, an educational consultant with the Associated Advocacy Center.
Superintendent Julie Hackett said an outside evaluation is required when there are “particular concerns about a child’s safety.”
A psychologist, hired at the parents’ expense, found the boy poses no safety threat. But the second grader found it hard to return to school, the father says. The district has agreed to transfer the boy to another elementary school.
Via The Corner.
The school district said the boy wasn’t suspended, though it hasn’t disputed he was sent home till he could get a psych exam. The district also says the photo circulated isn’t the one that upset the teacher and that the teacher didn’t tell kids to draw a picture of something that reminded them of Christmas (or any other religious holiday).