Skip to comments.Young special-needs child suspended for drawing Jesus
Posted on 12/15/2009 1:59:50 PM PST by markomalley
An 8-year-old special-needs child was suspended from school and forced to undergo psychiatric counseling over a picture he drew of Jesus Christ dead on the cross for a Christmas assignment.
School officials in Taunton, Mass., said the picture "violated the code of violence in the school handbook," said Toni Saunders, an educational consultant on special-needs children with the Associated Advocacy Center who is working with the boy's family.
"I couldn't believe what they were telling me," the boy's father, Chester Johnson, who also works for the school system as a substitute custodian, told The Washington Times on Tuesday. "I asked her, 'Are you fooling around?'"
Mr. Johnson said his son, who is a slow reader and has "a little speech problem," now wants to transfer schools. Mr. Johnson requested that his son not be named.
"I couldn't believe it," Ms. Saunders added, referring to the suspension. "This is a very religious family. They felt violated because of this."
The fracas began Thanksgiving night, when the boy was taken to see a Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Mass. The next week, on Dec. 2, the boy's teacher at Lowell M. Maxham Elementary School asked all the students to draw something that reminded them of Christmas, and the pupil drew a crucifix like the one he had seen at the display.
The boy then was taken to the principal's office and asked why he drew this image.
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Sounds like the school officials ancestors were those who conducted the “Salem witch trials”...
Liberals are extremely afraid of anything religious. Tolerance is what they preach, censorship for anything they don’t believe in is what liberals practice.
there is going to be a time when Christians will fight these idiots ,people are getting tired of this dung.
Well, he did have the wrong holiday. And how did the teacher know Jesus was dead?
Why would anyone put their precious children into these institutions?
If he had drawn a picture of Obama in a Santa hat, he would have been named Student of the Month and probably gotten an invitation to the White House.
Anyone who sends his children to America’s pathetic excuse for public schools should have his head examined.
I will destroy any administrator who does this to one of my special Ed students. They would pay dearly.
Violated the stupid zero tolerance policy and no Christmas all in one. Poor kid. Psychological counseling too meaning he’ll probably be put onto the NCIC and won’t be able to ever own a gun.
Oh I dont know, they will bend over backward to appease Muslim religious practices.
But that is most likely because they are afraid of Muslims.
Most parents do not love their children.
Need to get this to Rush and Levin. Maybe Mark can call a surge on the school district’s offices.
Did you hear the one about Tiger, Lion, Cheetah?
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The Salem witch trials had sworn testimony and proper court procedures. This didn't even come to those high standards.
“The Salem witch trials had sworn testimony and proper court procedures. This didn’t even come to those high standards.”....
It is wholly appropriate that he recall the true reason for the season and that the joy of Christmas leads to Easter. That he should connect The Cross with Christmas rather than presents and all of the other distractions speaks well of the boy and his parents. Well done, mom and dad!
The father said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross.
As reported by the local news station up here.
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