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Posted on 12/15/2009 5:44:07 PM PST by Steelfish
2nd-grader sent home for crucifix drawing Dad says teacher became upset when boy drew himself on a cross
Dec . 15, 2009 TAUNTON, Mass. - An 8-year-old boy was sent home from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after he was asked to make a Christmas drawing and came up with what appeared to be a stick figure of Jesus on a cross, the child's father said Tuesday.
Chester Johnson told WBZ-TV that his son made the drawing on Dec. 2 after his second-grade teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of the holiday.
Johnson said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross. Johnson, who is black, told WBZ he suspects racism is involved. He said he thinks the school overreacted and wants an apology.
Johnson told the Taunton Daily Gazette, which first reported the story on Tuesday, that his son gets specialized reading and speech instruction and has never been violent in school.
An educational consultant working with the Johnson family said the teacher was also alarmed when the boy drew Xs for Jesus' eyes.
A call to Johnson was not immediately returned.
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According to the ABC article, he only said that after they'd dragged him down to the principal's office and worked him over for a little while.
He misspoke, or they tripped him up, while they were grilling him in the principal's office, and they grabbed that one utterance and ran with it.
And for that matter:
I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me . . ." - Galatians 2:20
What is unbelievable in this story is that the teacher appeared to not know this.
That's where "evaluations" should be directed ~ toward the teacher.
The teacher also needs to go to a First Amendment re-education course. You might well accompany her.
IMO, we don’t have enough information to draw that conclusion.
But I’m tempted to draw a conclusion from the fact that the father is trying to make it a racial thing. That happened after the incident, so it doesn’t contribute to the cause at all.
>>What is unbelievable in this story is that the teacher appeared to not know this.<<
Saying it is YOU who is on the cross is not normal and we have no way of knowing what the teacher knows or doesn’t.
You still refuse to actually READ the article I see.
>>The teacher also needs to go to a First Amendment re-education course. You might well accompany her.<<
Is that what you are calling your theological purity indoctrination these days? I see you are one of those “Freedom for me but not for thee” types. You better go back and read that Amendment again.
But I know people like you need to see persecution behind every tree. Else your life would have no meaning. You define yourself by your enemies and, clearly, when the numbers get low you create new ones.
>>IMO, we dont have enough information to draw that conclusion.<<
Based on the facts presented in the OP, it appears not to have been punitive. Overreaction? Looks like it to me. But not because of the crucifix, per se.
>>But Im tempted to draw a conclusion from the fact that the father is trying to make it a racial thing. That happened after the incident, so it doesnt contribute to the cause at all.<<
Overreaction and seeing persecution where there is none. Hmmm. Sound like anyone you have read recently? Anyone?
(I think he is setting up for a lawsuit payday)
It's simply a story of a teacher seeing a quite common picture of a guy on the cross, and then freaking out.
Nothing more to it than that.
The state has an obligation to protect Christians from being assailed by ignorant yahoos simply because they draw a religious picture.
Here we have an ignorant yahoo who is an agent of the state railing at Christians over their imagery.
If there's something more to this it's NOT IN THE PUBLISHED STORY.
>>The state has an obligation to protect Christians from being assailed by ignorant yahoos simply because they draw a religious picture.<<
True. That isn’t what happened here.
>>Here we have an ignorant yahoo who is an agent of the state railing at Christians over their imagery.<<
That isn’t what the article says happened.
>>If there’s something more to this it’s NOT IN THE PUBLISHED STORY. <<
You are the one who is imputing. My conclusions are drawn from the article as written.
So WHEN did the change take place?
Lol...if there’s one thing homosexuals and the “you’ll go to Hell unless you accept the Gospel According To Me” brand of Christians can agree on, it’s that being persecuted is something to be craved and sought out on the farthest limbs.
The child is a special needs student. Maybe he doesn’t perceive things the way we do!!
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The story is poorly written but it's pretty clear the teacher needs to have her credentials reviewed.
>>See what happens ~ I feed your paranoia as a joke only to find that you really are that paranoiac.<<
No need to backpedal. Just apologize, we can shake hands, and then move on.
My grandson was four when he asked if we could go in a rocket ship to visit with Jesus up in heaven.
He projects a lot. The fd character just isnt living unless he gets into some sort of personal confrontation with at least one freeper a day. It’s what defines him, see the post history
Could be. Did you see that citation to Gallatians? The child may well understand more than he’s being credited with.