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Young special-needs child suspended for drawing Jesus
Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2009 | Victor Morton

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: christianstudents; cross; discipline; liberalpsychos; moralabsolutes; prolife; psychoticliberalism; zerotolerance
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The last acceptable prejudice...
1 posted on 12/15/2009 1:59:55 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Sounds like the school officials ancestors were those who conducted the “Salem witch trials”...


2 posted on 12/15/2009 2:02:30 PM PST by Sleeping Freeper
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To: markomalley

Liberals are extremely afraid of anything religious. Tolerance is what they preach, censorship for anything they don’t believe in is what liberals practice.


3 posted on 12/15/2009 2:02:43 PM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: markomalley

there is going to be a time when Christians will fight these idiots ,people are getting tired of this dung.


4 posted on 12/15/2009 2:03:21 PM PST by lmarie373 (*These little guys might look cute and cuddly, but trust us: they will kill you.-on emanuel brothers)
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To: markomalley

Well, he did have the wrong holiday. And how did the teacher know Jesus was dead?


5 posted on 12/15/2009 2:04:05 PM PST by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: markomalley

Why would anyone put their precious children into these institutions?


6 posted on 12/15/2009 2:04:28 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: markomalley

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.


7 posted on 12/15/2009 2:04:31 PM PST by Deo volente (Sarah Palin was right. There ARE death panels in the bill.)
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To: markomalley

Anyone who sends his children to America’s pathetic excuse for public schools should have his head examined.


8 posted on 12/15/2009 2:04:38 PM PST by Anti-Utopian
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To: markomalley; Brad's Gramma; Mama_Bear; JustAmy; Just A Nobody; Brytani; seekthetruth; Syncro; ...

bump


9 posted on 12/15/2009 2:05:40 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Join the TEA Party Rebellion!! God save this great Republic!!)
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To: markomalley

I will destroy any administrator who does this to one of my special Ed students. They would pay dearly.


10 posted on 12/15/2009 2:07:26 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: markomalley

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.


11 posted on 12/15/2009 2:07:34 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: CodeToad
Liberals are extremely afraid of anything religious.

Oh I don’t know, they will bend over backward to appease Muslim religious practices.

But that is most likely because they are afraid of Muslims.

12 posted on 12/15/2009 2:07:34 PM PST by Pontiac
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To: Yaelle

Most parents do not love their children.


13 posted on 12/15/2009 2:10:37 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: Domandred

Need to get this to Rush and Levin. Maybe Mark can call a surge on the school district’s offices.


14 posted on 12/15/2009 2:10:38 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Ronald Reagan: "our liberal friends....know so much that isn't so...")
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To: markomalley

Did you hear the one about Tiger, Lion, Cheetah?

< / Mass Repetition>


15 posted on 12/15/2009 2:10:42 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (KILL THE BILL!!!)
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To: markomalley
The countdown to sending Christians to insane asylums, and then to whatever the new version of the coliseums will be, has begun. And it will continue unabated until we start striking these hell-spawned parasites down.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

16 posted on 12/15/2009 2:12:48 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper
Sounds like the school officials ancestors were those who conducted the “Salem witch trials”...

The Salem witch trials had sworn testimony and proper court procedures. This didn't even come to those high standards.

17 posted on 12/15/2009 2:13:39 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Obamalaise - the new mood for America.)
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To: KarlInOhio

“The Salem witch trials had sworn testimony and proper court procedures. This didn’t even come to those high standards.”....

Excellent Point!


18 posted on 12/15/2009 2:17:08 PM PST by Sleeping Freeper
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To: wolfcreek

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!


19 posted on 12/15/2009 2:22:29 PM PST by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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To: markomalley
One tidbit the WaPo left out.

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.

20 posted on 12/15/2009 2:28:18 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: Sleeping Freeper
School officials in Taunton, Mass., said the picture "violated the code of violence in the school handbook," ...

Would that be the "school handbook" written by those very same "school officials," by any chance?

21 posted on 12/15/2009 2:31:47 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: markomalley
I think the Scrooges at Lowell M. Maxham Elementary School needs some Christmas Cards sent to them, to get them in the Christmas Spirit!!
22 posted on 12/15/2009 2:38:32 PM PST by skully (Islamofascists love death more then life, PC cowards love diversity more then life. We're so F'd!!!)
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To: markomalley
According to GreatSchools.net this district has a rating of 5 stars out of 10. In English; completely average. So the School Board aren't accomplishing a whole lot. And this moronic suspension falls complexity back on the School Board, which explains their average rating.

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.

23 posted on 12/15/2009 2:39:35 PM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Sleeping Freeper

No.

More like the ones who were into “lions” and “stadiums”.


24 posted on 12/15/2009 2:40:54 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: mvpel
School officials in Taunton, Mass., said the picture “violated the code of violence in the school handbook,” ...

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??

25 posted on 12/15/2009 2:42:59 PM PST by skully (Islamofascists love death more then life, PC cowards love diversity more then life. We're so F'd!!!)
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To: markomalley

Just when you think that the Leftist “Progressive” cretins couldn’t possibly make bigger jackasses of themselves, you read something like this.


26 posted on 12/15/2009 2:43:37 PM PST by Desron13
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To: wolfcreek

“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.


27 posted on 12/15/2009 2:45:19 PM PST by John Leland 1789 (But then, I'm accused of just being a troll, so . . . .)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
The father said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross.

The child was correct then, as he is the one being 'crucified' now.

28 posted on 12/15/2009 2:46:24 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: markomalley
"The boy then was taken to the principal's office and asked why he drew this image."
 
Well, Mr./Ms./Gender Challenged/Comrade Administrator - see, it's because I felt like using my "MIND WHICH ALMIGHTY GOD HATH CREATED FREE"to illustrate my personal, individual belief that, through Christ, "GOD WHO GAVE US LIFE GAVE US LIBERTY".
 
Or maybe just because, like Thomas Jefferson, "I HAVE SWORN UPON THE ALTAR OF GOD ETERNAL HOSTILITY TO EVERY FORM OF TYRANNY OVER THE MIND OF MAN".
 
Sort of like the guy I drew in the picture.
 
Does that clear it up?
 
 

29 posted on 12/15/2009 2:47:09 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: markomalley

this liberal crap makes me want to vomit


30 posted on 12/15/2009 2:48:08 PM PST by rightbrained
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To: markomalley

Link to picture and more info. here:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/christ-cross-childs-drawing/story?id=9344273


31 posted on 12/15/2009 2:50:11 PM PST by Sleeping Freeper
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To: markomalley; All

TIME FOR ACTION:

PRINCIPAL:
RCouet@tauntonschools.org
508-821-1265

Superintendent:
jhackett@tauntonschools.org
508-821-1201

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.


32 posted on 12/15/2009 2:50:49 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
The father said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross.

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.

33 posted on 12/15/2009 2:50:58 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: CodeToad
>>censorship for anything they don’t believe
>>in is what liberals practice.



"I HAVE SWORN UPON THE ALTAR OF GOD ETERNAL HOSTILITY TO EVERY FORM OF TYRANNY OVER THE MIND OF MAN"
--Thomas Jefferson

34 posted on 12/15/2009 2:51:36 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: wolfcreek; All

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.


35 posted on 12/15/2009 2:53:09 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: skully
School officials in Taunton, Mass., said the picture “violated the code of violence in the school handbook,” ...

So, what happens to children who wear a crucifix?

36 posted on 12/15/2009 2:53:35 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
From the ABC article:

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?

37 posted on 12/15/2009 2:57:21 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: markomalley

This happened in Massachusetts.

Where Kevin Jennings used to work.

Where FISTING is taught as a required subject.


38 posted on 12/15/2009 2:59:54 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
The father said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross.

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.

39 posted on 12/15/2009 3:03:38 PM PST by TigersEye (Sarah Palin 2010 - We Can't Afford To Wait)
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To: CodeToad
Tolerance is what they preach, censorship for anything they don’t believe in is what liberals practice.

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.

40 posted on 12/15/2009 3:05:34 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: TigersEye
A Christian child identifying with Christ's suffering on the cross in a drawing sounds rather normal and healthy to me.

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.

41 posted on 12/15/2009 3:08:01 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Sleeping Freeper

Liberals are at war with Jesus Christ. I don’t think I would want to be in their shoes when they stop wasting oxygen.


42 posted on 12/15/2009 4:01:26 PM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: All
Apparently the Times pulled the article. The ABC article is still there, though.
43 posted on 12/15/2009 4:05:35 PM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley
I am in the camp that wishes for Christmas to be dropped as a State and Federal holiday. Let the teachers and workers go about their business without soiling the occasion for those who celebrate the Birth of Jesus. Those who believe can take a personal day. Crap on Rudolph, shopping orgies, drunken parties, and the rest of it. It is a solemn and holy day.
44 posted on 12/15/2009 4:06:49 PM PST by Shqipo (Palin/Thompson 2012)
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To: UCANSEE2
Being smarter than the teacher often leads to a visit to the principal.

Glenn Beck understands that knee-jerk liberal reaction too. This child is obviously a "government authority denier."

45 posted on 12/15/2009 4:07:34 PM PST by TigersEye (Sarah Palin 2010 - We Can't Afford To Wait)
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To: markomalley

I clicked on the link and I get a “This story has been removed.”

What? Why?


46 posted on 12/15/2009 4:16:41 PM PST by Jemian
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To: rwfromkansas
Jesus was dead, but is alive.
47 posted on 12/15/2009 4:20:13 PM PST by Jemian
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To: rwfromkansas

SUE SUE SUE SUE SUE.

We have got to start fighting fire with fire! Sue every school that continues this crap!


48 posted on 12/15/2009 4:32:28 PM PST by neverbluffer (But,)
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To: markomalley

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.


49 posted on 12/15/2009 4:43:54 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: Uncle Miltie

...and the Cougars?


50 posted on 12/15/2009 4:55:05 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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