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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.
Would that be the "school handbook" written by those very same "school officials," by any chance?
And this school has a rating (by parents and ex-students), of 6 out of 10, slightly above average. Now the boy CAN transfer to another school but big deal, its the same School Board full of asshats. THEY need psychiatric counseling.
Private School is the boy's only escape from these nuts.
More like the ones who were into “lions” and “stadiums”.
So then they must not teach the violent mathematical operation known as addition at this school.... I'm guessing they consider the + sign to be a violent image also??
Just when you think that the Leftist “Progressive” cretins couldn’t possibly make bigger jackasses of themselves, you read something like this.
“Well, he did have the wrong holiday.”
Since Jesus Christ was born to die for the sins of the world, the boy was correct.
“Thou shalt call his name Jesus (at His birth) for he sahll save his people from their sins (on the Cross).
Were it not for the necessity of the Cross, the birth would not have been neceaasry.
The child was correct then, as he is the one being 'crucified' now.
this liberal crap makes me want to vomit
Link to picture and more info. here:
TIME FOR ACTION:
Couldn’t quite figure out what class this happened in, so not listing teacher contacts. However, there are only 20 staffers listed for this tiny school. There are only 2 teachers it could be unless this happened in his speech therapy class.
Good news though, the mayor is calling for an immediate apology.
I'd take that with a grain of salt. It's not mentioned anywhere other than the Providence Journal article that the boy actually described the picture as himself on the cross. The only related thing I've seen is a mention of the boy having written his name on the picture, and it seems like that fact would be a source of potential confusion for a dimwitted journalist taking sketchy notes over the phone.
Actually, a Cross is quite appropriate.
People focus on the birth, but the whole point of the birth is it allowed for the death and Resurrection.
To celebrate the birth in isolation misses the whole point.
I have seen a decent number of crosses at Christmas and find them perfectly appropriate.
Good point about whether he was dead or not, however.
So, what happens to children who wear a crucifix?
According to Saunders, school officials began to quiz the boy about the meaning of the Xs on the eyes and about his understanding of death. At one point the boy said he was actually showing himself on a cross. They called his father.
So the boy only said that it was himself on the cross after they dragged him to the principal's office and worked him over for a little while, at which point they took that one statement and ran with it.
You certainly can't blame a special-needs eight-year-old for getting a a little flustered and misspeaking in a high-stress situation like that. Put yourself in the kid's shoes and imagine you're a suspect in a robbery you didn't commit and the police are peppering you with questions in an interrogation room. If you're making the mistake of answering their questions as best you can, are you going to say exactly what you meant to say in exactly the way you meant to say it the entire time in that situation?
This happened in Massachusetts.
Where Kevin Jennings used to work.
Where FISTING is taught as a required subject.
Assuming that that is true I still don't see the problem. A Christian child identifying with Christ's suffering on the cross in a drawing sounds rather normal and healthy to me.
Had the child drawn a picture of an alcoholic atheist homeless bum wearing a Santa Claus suit, working in a Jewish owned Retail Department Store, the teacher would not even have flinched.
Apparently the 'special needs' child is a lot more educated than the 'special needs' teacher.
Being smarter than the teacher often leads to a visit to the principal.
Liberals are at war with Jesus Christ. I don’t think I would want to be in their shoes when they stop wasting oxygen.
Glenn Beck understands that knee-jerk liberal reaction too. This child is obviously a "government authority denier."
I clicked on the link and I get a “This story has been removed.”
SUE SUE SUE SUE SUE.
We have got to start fighting fire with fire! Sue every school that continues this crap!
The first flag to represent any dissention amongst the Colonies, this flag was raised in the town of Taunton, Massachusetts as a symbol of the colonies frustration and unwillingness to be persecuted. The flag was the first in a series that would warn the British that the Colonies were a force to be reckoned with, and would not accept the any loss of their rights or freedom. The bold words Liberty and Union reflect the original sentiment of the Colonists, which was to be treated as equal citizens of the British Empire, (No taxation with representation!) rather then be excluded from it.
...and the Cougars?