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Taunton second-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus (Massachusetts)
The Taunton Daily Gazette ^ | Dec 14, 2009 | Gerry Tuoti, Staff Writer

Posted on 12/15/2009 5:00:13 AM PST by 6SJ7

A Taunton father is outraged after his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross.

The father said he got a call earlier this month from Maxham Elementary School informing him that his son, a second-grade student, had created a violent drawing. The image in question depicted a crucified Jesus with Xs covering his eyes to signify that he had died on the cross. The boy wrote his name above the cross.

“As far as I’m concerned, they’re violating his religion,” the incredulous father said. He requested that his name and his son’s name be withheld from publication to protect the boy.

The student drew the picture shortly after taking a family trip to see the Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, a Christian retreat site in Attleboro. He made the drawing in class after his teacher asked the children to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas, the father said.

“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.

Saunders is working with the boy’s parents after a mutual acquaintance referred them to her.

“When I got that call, I was so appalled that I had to do something,” Saunders said. “They weren’t looking at the fact that this is an 8-year-old child with special needs,” she added. “They made him leave school, and they recommended that a psychiatrist do an evaluation.”

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Words fail me.
1 posted on 12/15/2009 5:00:15 AM PST by 6SJ7
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To: 6SJ7

words fail me, too


2 posted on 12/15/2009 5:02:21 AM PST by silverleaf (More folks being invited to the White House for Holiday parties than are being sent to Afghanistan)
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To: 6SJ7
Americans need to see the public school system for what it is;....a shill for leftist/socialist indoctrination and get the kids the hell out of the enemy's camp!
3 posted on 12/15/2009 5:03:05 AM PST by TPOOH (I wish I could have been Jerry Reed.)
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To: 6SJ7

Wow. Well, the little boy was accurate. Jesus did suffer a violent death.


4 posted on 12/15/2009 5:03:23 AM PST by brwnsuga (Not a Slave!)
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To: 6SJ7

Massachusetts.

It figures.


5 posted on 12/15/2009 5:04:07 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: 6SJ7

I would file lawsuits out the gazoo on those stupid, statist bastards.


6 posted on 12/15/2009 5:04:08 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: 2Jedismom; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; AngieGal; Antoninus; ...

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7 posted on 12/15/2009 5:05:44 AM PST by JenB
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To: 6SJ7
I'm JEWISH and words fail me.

If a boy wants to draw Jesus on the cross, he should not be treated like a disturbed individual.
8 posted on 12/15/2009 5:08:43 AM PST by beagleone
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To: 6SJ7

The teacher should undergo psychological evaluation for inability to understand various religious with sufficient empathy to know that Christianity views the death of Jesus as the heart of salvation. In today’s diverse religious environment, all teachers are supposed to have enough rudimentary knowledge of religions so as to be properly emotive and touchy-feely empathetic and non-judgmental toward each one.

Except, of course, Christianity.

Suspend the teacher.

And the principal.

And the school board.


9 posted on 12/15/2009 5:09:36 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: 6SJ7

They dont fail me, I just cant say them.


10 posted on 12/15/2009 5:09:40 AM PST by RaceBannon (OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE IS SHOVEL READY...FOR SENIORS!!:: NObama. Not my president.)
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To: TPOOH

Let’s say you go to McDonaldsand spend $20 a week there. You get mad because McDonalds supports leftists so you quit going there but you still give them $20 a week. Who wins?


11 posted on 12/15/2009 5:12:29 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: 6SJ7; Slings and Arrows
“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,”

The crucifixion - hey no big deal just a vertical nap... but those X's over the eyes... whoa now time for counseling. Maybe he should have used Z's instead.

12 posted on 12/15/2009 5:13:09 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: 6SJ7

Welcome to Massachusetts. What a stinking s-hole the Bay State is now. It used to be a fine place.


13 posted on 12/15/2009 5:13:40 AM PST by RexBeach ("Those are my principles...if you don't like them, I have others." Groucho Marx)
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To: 6SJ7

The People’s Republic of Taxachusetts should just change its state flag to the hammer and sickle and be done with it.


14 posted on 12/15/2009 5:14:16 AM PST by Scanian
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To: 6SJ7
"... and they recommended that a psychiatrist do an evaluation."

The kid's depiction was accurate. He correctly identified a core tenet of Christianity, which is what Christmas is about.

15 posted on 12/15/2009 5:15:17 AM PST by Enosh (†)
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To: 6SJ7


16 posted on 12/15/2009 5:15:38 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: 6SJ7

The teacher asked the children to make something that would remind them of Christmas. What was the child thinking to come up with Jesus? /s.


17 posted on 12/15/2009 5:15:58 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: 6SJ7

Of course, if the boy drew a picture depicting acts of sodomy, the would pat him on the back and add it to the curriculum.


18 posted on 12/15/2009 5:16:18 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade ("I don't have a whole lot of mercy for the bad guys, I'm on the good guys' side." -Sarah Palin)
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To: 6SJ7

Toni Saunders, an educational consultant with the Associated Advocacy Center.....needs a psychiatrist do an evaluation. Then make a public apology to the family!


19 posted on 12/15/2009 5:18:41 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: 6SJ7

Government schools are evil.


20 posted on 12/15/2009 5:18:56 AM PST by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: 6SJ7
Wow - it's a good thing that dying on a cross is painless and no one dies from it. This boy is obviously a psychopath and a danger to society...
21 posted on 12/15/2009 5:22:06 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Socialism is hip until somebody loses a paycheck)
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To: 6SJ7

There has to be something in the water.


22 posted on 12/15/2009 5:22:17 AM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: 6SJ7

Now, had he depicted muhamad decapitating an infidel....


23 posted on 12/15/2009 5:24:09 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Above My Pay Grade

Of course, if the boy drew a picture depicting acts of sodomy, the would pat him on the back and add it to the curriculum.

Or if the boy had made santa black ...!


24 posted on 12/15/2009 5:26:05 AM PST by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: Houghton M.

Here is the problem in a nutshell...and people are not gonna like hearing this, but here goes....the teacher is hired, and reports to a principal...the principal is hired and reports to the school board...the school board is ELECTED by the people...problem here is that the people of this district refuse to throw out the current board. It is the lemmings that vote that are too damn lazy to give a damn...message to all, especially the “meet all my requirements or i will stay at home and not vote” republicans....elections have consequenses, and you get the government you elect....stop bitching and start doing something..


25 posted on 12/15/2009 5:26:07 AM PST by joe fonebone (I am racist, hear me roar....I don't give a crap anymore....)
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To: Houghton M.
Christianity views the death of Jesus as the heart of salvation.

Just proves, once again that the Word of God is relevant to every day life, and applies throughout time.

1 Cor 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

In today’s diverse religious environment

"religious diversity", in applicantion, means "anti-Christian"

26 posted on 12/15/2009 5:27:11 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: joe fonebone

Then let the elected school board require the teacher to under go psychiatric evaluation.

And if they refuse, evaluate them psychiatrically by voting them out next time around.

What’s so hard about that? Make an issue of it, dammit.


27 posted on 12/15/2009 5:28:03 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: 6SJ7

The boy is a genius. The teacher is brainwashed.


28 posted on 12/15/2009 5:28:51 AM PST by Oratam
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To: 6SJ7
they recommended that a psychiatrist do an evaluation

I don't suppose the psychiatrist would "evaluate" the teacher and principal and "find" that they were repressed and disturbed.

29 posted on 12/15/2009 5:29:28 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: RaceBannon

Amen brother, AMEN!!


30 posted on 12/15/2009 5:30:39 AM PST by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: 6SJ7

The website might be crashed... It willl not display.

http://www.tauntonschools.org:16080/maxham/


31 posted on 12/15/2009 5:30:57 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 6SJ7

I stopped by a friend’s house the other day to give her something from another mutual friend. They are both public school teachers. Turns out what I was giving her were lesson plans for this week...lessons on the history or Ramadan, Kwanza, Hanukkah, atheism, and Darwinism. (They pick the week before Christmas to do all this nonsense, of course.) I asked, “Where’s the history of Christmas?” She said they aren’t allowed to teach about it. “Too oppressive.” I said, “Yeah, that Jesus guy was really dispicable, wasn’t he? Healing the sick, teaching love and forgivness and dying for the world’s sins? Yeah, what an oppressive jerk... But Mohammad, now there’s a real savior, raping children and what not.”

She didn’t understand what the big deal was. But I see it. You can’t teach the history of a religous holiday without teaching what a religion believes. I told her that she’s taking part in desensitizing these kids and following the progressive agenda by trying to justify this to me. Then Is aid every time I talk to her, I find one more reason to defend homeschooling. That went into a whole other discussion...


32 posted on 12/15/2009 5:31:03 AM PST by JenB987
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To: 6SJ7
An excellent example of what St. Paul spoke of, so long ago. The cross is a stumbling block to the lost. Believers in Christ full-well understand the meaning of Christmas and Salvation.

You cannot have the Resurrection without the death on the cross.

You cannot have the death on the cross without the birth.

33 posted on 12/15/2009 5:31:06 AM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: joe fonebone

Oh, and by “suspend the school board,” what else could I have meant but “vote them out”? Is that so hard to understand?.

VOTE THEM OUT BY PLAYING THE DIVERSITY CARD. Vote them out by pointing out the teacher’s lack of empathy for religion. Make an issue of it. Rub the Massachesetts liberals’ noses in it—you fools talk a good game about religious diversity. Well in this case the teacher lacked empathy for this religion. Either send her to diversity training camp, School Board, or we vote you out.


34 posted on 12/15/2009 5:31:52 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: AppyPappy

Yes, it would be best to be able to deny them our tax dollars as punishment for promoting a harmful ideology on our society, but at the least, get your kid out of there.

1 Cor 15:33
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.

There are no passages which say that good character affects bad company, especially among children.

Think of it this way - McDonald’s food is not the healthiest for your kids, so even if you do give them $20 per week and don’t go, your kids would be better off.


35 posted on 12/15/2009 5:32:29 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: silverleaf
I suppose if he had drawn a picture of "Timmy Has 2 Dads" he would have been applauded.


36 posted on 12/15/2009 5:34:12 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: JenB987

Proof of my above assertion that

“religious diversity”

is simply “anti-Christian”.


37 posted on 12/15/2009 5:34:19 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB

I think it would be better to work on that $20. Or better yet, make a lot of noise.


38 posted on 12/15/2009 5:34:45 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Doogle

Go back and read it again. She was appalled by the treatment the boy got from the school.


39 posted on 12/15/2009 5:34:51 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: AppyPappy
Let’s say you go to McDonaldsand spend $20 a week there. You get mad because McDonalds supports leftists so you quit going there but you still give them $20 a week. Who wins?
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The child wins if he is taken out.

In many states schools receive funding based on the number of children who attend. When a child withdraws money leaves the school. That's how it is in my state.

States do lay off teachers and close and combine schools when enrollment drops.

If property taxes remain the same at least the money is going to other services other than Marxist schooling.

As more children leave the government schools there is less support for the government schools in the voting booth.

With fewer children in the government schools the influence of the educational-industrial complex is lessened. ( For instance, in my county the government school is the biggest single employer, has the largest payroll, and expends more money to employees and vendors than any other business in the county. That adds up to a lot of support in the voting booth.)

40 posted on 12/15/2009 5:37:25 AM PST by wintertime
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Home School


41 posted on 12/15/2009 5:40:23 AM PST by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul. I'm an anti-antinomian.)
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To: joe fonebone

[...stop bitching and start doing something..]

Sorry, but you are over simplifying the situation! Heck, in some states the courts have ruled - and I figure Taxachusetts to be included in this delusion - that once elected, School Boards can do ANYTHING they want and you cannot do anything about it! They can put anything into the curriculum and you can’t even “opt out” of them! So, once they put people into play, it is almost impossible to just “do something” to fix.

More importantly, very seldom do these teacher report to principals who reports to Superintendents, etc... The Public School system is like the boys in blue - they take up for one another! This school board will try to do the same thing that they all do - I can hear it now, “If that kid does something in the future, we would never hear the end about how we should have caught this when he was young.” They will circle the wagon, grandstand and use the bully-pulpit of “it’s for the kids” to disarm the “too damn lazy” people (as you like to call them).

Your argument is that we are only fighting half the battle by going after the teacher and such - and I kind of agree with you. I got friends that live in Massachusetts and no they are NOT too lazy, they are beaten down! They have lost their will to fight because they ALWAYS get kicked in the teeth. After a while you feel like you are the only one fighting and no one - NO ONE - is helping or reporting or even caring about the fight!

So, get off the soapbox about it is all our own fault! The system is totally skewed to be against we the people, so if you don’t see that, then you are only fighting half the battle as well!


42 posted on 12/15/2009 5:47:37 AM PST by ExTxMarine (Hey Congress: Go Conservative or Go Home!)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
Of course, if the boy drew a picture depicting acts of sodomy, the would pat him on the back and add it to the curriculum.

No, they'd think it was a tribute to Barney Frank.

There is also a quote from Dr. Saunders that refers to the child as a "special needs" student, and this doesn't mitigate their reaction?

I suppose a picture of Kali by a Hindu student or of Mohammad smiting infidels would have been OK.

43 posted on 12/15/2009 5:48:42 AM PST by Former Dodger ( "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Einstein)
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To: RaceBannon

I was easily able to SAY the words. I just know I can’t type them!! Probably same words, huh?
My children have long graduated and in 5 months my LAST grandchild will graduate. Only then can I publicly say what I think about the schools.


44 posted on 12/15/2009 5:53:56 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: 6SJ7

Reason eleventy bajillion and 12 why my kids are in a private Christian school where they are encouraged to write about, talk about and draw pictures of Jesus.


45 posted on 12/15/2009 5:56:33 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

And then, as a treat, they’d let him meet Kevin Jennings for a private talk.


46 posted on 12/15/2009 5:57:50 AM PST by goldi (')
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To: Houghton M.

100% correct response.......you win a cookie...now, to motivate the masses to throw out all current school boards and restock with people who give a crap about education and the hell with PC.....


47 posted on 12/15/2009 6:10:41 AM PST by joe fonebone (I am racist, hear me roar....I don't give a crap anymore....)
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To: ExTxMarine

hmmmm... I think JFK had a thought about what happens when non-violent change is made impossible.


48 posted on 12/15/2009 6:12:59 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: 6SJ7

Ah, too bad he isn’t a Muzslime...that way he would blow up the entire school and everyone in it and they’d just blame it on “post-naptime disorder”


49 posted on 12/15/2009 6:18:08 AM PST by AtlasThugged316 (Who is Edmund Ruffin?)
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To: ExTxMarine

you act as if I have never fought these people...well, I put 3 kids through the public schools, and for the 16 years I had kids in the schools, I fought and fought and fought...it is a tough battle, but if you wear down, lay donw and quit, they win...but based upon my experiences with these communist bastards, if you fight hard enough you will prevail.....if you are indeed an ex marine, what do you do when you are surrounded, lay down your arms or fight like hell?


50 posted on 12/15/2009 6:18:12 AM PST by joe fonebone (I am racist, hear me roar....I don't give a crap anymore....)
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