Great moments in Christmas: School says Jesus on cross “violent image”

posted at 10:55 am on December 15, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

One eight-year-old in Taunton just learned a valuable lesson in political correctness, and a school district may wind up learning a little something about free speech, religious expression, and not asking questions to which one does not want to hear the answers.  An elementary school student was asked to draw something that reminded him of Christmas.  When he drew a picture of Jesus on a crucifix, the teacher and the administration recoiled in horror at the “violent image.”  No, really:

An eight year old elementary school student in Taunton was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick figure picture of Jesus on the cross.

The  second grader at Maxham Elementary school was told by this teacher that the drawing was violent.  This was after the class was asked to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas. …

The father tells the “Taunton Gazette” because his son put Xs  on the eyes of Jesus, the teacher thought it was violent.

But he drew Jesus with a smile!  Doesn’t that count for anything?

It’s hard to imagine a more clueless, knee-jerk response than the one given by this school.  First, Jesus on a crucifix has been a symbol of Christianity for two millenia.  Since Christmas is in fact a Christian holiday, at least nominally, the crucifix in this drawing clearly came from Christian symbolism and not some latent threat of a reenactment of the last scenes of Spartacus from a second grader. How dense or deliberately obtuse must a teacher and administrators be not to understand the symbolism involved in this drawing?

The story does end on a happy note.  The father of the student has been given permission for his child to attend another school in the district.  They should have transferred the teacher and the administrators instead, preferably to quiet rooms with as little contact with children as possible.  The real threat here is that the gross stupidity will infect the students.

Update: We headlined this, but I should update the post with the school’s response (hat tip from Twitter DTipson):

But after a few days on the cross themselves — and staying silent because of confidentiality issues — Taunton school officials began telling a much different story. In a statement posted on the system’s Web site, school officials said that in fact the boy had never been suspended, the teacher never requested that the children make a drawing that reminded them of Christmas or any religious holiday, and that the drawing that the boy’s father distributed to the media is in fact not the one the boy’s teacher discovered and was concerned about.

The school said it could not provide further information for reasons of confidentiality, but it noted that until Chester Johnson spoke to the newspaper the family and school officials had been “working together in a cooperative and positive manner.” It said all proper protocols had been followed and that school officials would do the same thing again if presented with similar circumstances …

Johnson acknowledged that his son was not suspended but insisted the drawing was the one that upset the teacher. He added that his son wrote his name above the Christ figure and said it was a self-portrait. It was also reported that in June 2008 a fifth-grade student was suspended from a local middle school for a day after he drew a stick figure that appeared to show him shooting his teacher and a classmate — an event that led some to believe the incident with the second-grader may have been related to that episode and heightened concern over possible school violence since the Columbine massacre.

Still, Johnson wasn’t backing down. The Boston Globe said he “held court” for the media at his girlfriend’s apartment Tuesday, insisting that the school apologize and that his son’s rights were violated. “It hurts me that they did this to my kid,” Johnson said. “They can’t mess with our religion; they owe us a small lump sum for this.”

So the school disputes what the father said, and the father is still sticking to his story.  The “self-portrait” claim seems a little beyond a second-grader, but not impossible.  Even so, demanding a psychological evaluation over a drawing of a crucifix seems very, very strange — and if the school would do it again, I’d still wonder whether parents wouldn’t do better to follow Johnson’s lead and send their children somewhere else.


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This is link to bombing in Kabul today. The one I got in an email about a bombing, didn’t kill anyone…is this another bombing today?

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/80635.html

Dr Evil on December 15, 2009 at 10:57 AM

0bama behind the presidential podium is even scarier.

moonbatkiller on December 15, 2009 at 10:58 AM

The school’s recognition of basic religious symbolism? Solid B+.

amerpundit on December 15, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Maybe if Jesus was being fisted or given a rimjob, it would be acceptable to these “protectors” of our children.

Good Lt on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

But fisting lessons are still on right?

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Jesus on the cross is too violent, but putting that same cross in a jar of urine is art.

mizflame98 on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Just part of the pattern… any reference to Christ, God, Jesus, or CHristmas are unconsitutional and should be supressed with the full power and might of the US government.

Of course, everything else in the Constitution shall be ignored in favor of Marxist Totalitarian Rule.

Can we march on D.C. with our guns yet?

Floriduh Jim on December 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM

It’s hard to imagine a more clueless, knee-jerk response than the one given by this school.

It’s not going to get any better anytime soon, though. Parents need to fight this PC b/s in the public school system tooth & nail, or disengage altogether by homeschooling.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Idiots teaching our kids. Idiots running our country. Marxists or their useful idiots everywhere.

SirGawain on December 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Let’s give the teacher a psychiatric evaluation, followed by the principal and superintendent.

NebCon on December 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Jesus on the cross is too violent, but putting that same cross in a jar of urine is art.

mizflame98 on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Bingo.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Let’s give the teacher a psychiatric evaluation, followed by the principal and superintendent.

NebCon on December 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Let’s just fire them for being insensitive to the freedom of religion in the US.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Here in Indiana…for the “Holiday Program” a teacher had his class sing that “Allah is God”

Any religion that isn’t Christianity is OK with these anti-American wackos.

search4truth on December 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I suppose if the child had drawn a Star of David the teacher would have thought it was a Chinese throwing star, assumed the kid meant to kill everyone with it, and send him to Federal Prison for 20 years. Makes about as much sense.

Meric1837 on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I hear the kid was also writing a hit list. They found a note that said: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John…

myrenovations on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

An elementary school student was asked to draw something that reminded him of Christmas

If the school teacher actually said the word “Christmas” I am impressed. My son’s second grade teacher is not allowed to say “Christmas” in the classroom. Thanks libs!!!!!

WashJeff on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

But fisting lessons are still on right?

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Sad, but true.

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I hear the kid was also writing a hit list. They found a note that said: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John…

myrenovations on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Thread winner.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

But fisting lessons are still on right?

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

….and pissing on each other

………and sneaking away to the bathrooms for 8 year olds to have sex with each other…

…………and learning that sex between adults and kids is okay…..


……………..Just don’t you dare say “Merry Christmas”
or even think about putting up a Nativity scene.

Yet another great example of insane liberal Pretzel Logic.

“Yes We Can!!!!”

Baxter Greene on December 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

f the school teacher actually said the word “Christmas” I am impressed. My son’s second grade teacher is not allowed to say “Christmas” in the classroom. Thanks libs!!!!!

WashJeff on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Last week, our Elementary School kids went on a tour of local banks, singing…get ready for it…Christmas Carols! Common sense is still alive and well here in Flyover Country.

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I suppose if the child had drawn a Star of David the teacher would have thought it was a Chinese throwing star, assumed the kid meant to kill everyone with it, and send him to Federal Prison for 20 years. Makes about as much sense.

Meric1837 on December 15, 2009 at 11:02 AM

The plight of our nation at the hands of Jewish Ninja’s is not to be discounted.

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

search4truth on December 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I hope all the parents yanked their kids out of that.

NebCon on December 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Can a school really order a student to undergo a psychological exam any time they want? Where do they get that kind of authority?

fourdeucer on December 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

No to public schools.
Yes to state taxpayer funded school scholarships.

WashJeff on December 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Oh..My…God…I am praying daily that God doesn’t turn His face away from us….

lovingmyUSA on December 15, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Viewed literally, they’re right — any execution is inherently violent, and crucifixion was notoriously cruel. But they’re missing the point, which is that in the child’s mind the picture was anything but violent. To the contrary, it was the picture of the Prince of Peace. Congratulations to the teacher and principal for making a huge issue out of a completely unnecessary interpretation of an innocent child’s artwork.

jwolf on December 15, 2009 at 11:05 AM

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM

IL is no longer flyover country. It is the refueling point between the coasts.

WashJeff on December 15, 2009 at 11:05 AM

The teacher is an idiot for requesting psychological evaluation for this child. The child is an idiot because Jesus on the cross does not represent Christmas. It represents Easter. He should have drawn a nativity scene.

mizflame98 on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

So the kid is forced to go to a shrink because he said Christmas reminded him of Christ.

I f**king hate people.

MadisonConservative on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

And we are surprised how again exactly?
And doesn’t it say volumes that we/I are not surprised at this?

Amendment X on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

The won’t let kids sing Silent Night, but they can sure sing Barack Hussien Obama…mm…mm…mmm.

Make no mistake. This nation is under attack.

kingsjester on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

“I’m sorry Timmy, the correct drawing to remind you of Christmas would have been of President Obama being born in a manger.”

Left Coast Right Mind on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

At the risk of being hauled off to the soon to be emptied Gitmo, I just want to say to everyone here:

Merry Christmas!

rbj on December 15, 2009 at 11:07 AM

And where, pray tell, is this thriving metropolis of Taunton, since neither the article nor Ed can clue us in?

It's Vintage, Duh on December 15, 2009 at 11:08 AM

The child is an idiot because Jesus on the cross does not represent Christmas. It represents Easter. He should have drawn a nativity scene.

mizflame98 on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Please tell me you didn’t just chastise a kid for drawing the UNIVERESAL symbol of Christianity as a Christmas theme.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:08 AM

MadisonConservative on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Beat me to it. WTF is wrong with these f-ing people?

milwife88 on December 15, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Is it possible that the teachers are unfamiliar with Christianity?

zmdavid on December 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM

It’s a scary scary time for Christians.

I’ve never thought my ability to believe the way I believe would be under attack until the end times. Maybe these are.

gophergirl on December 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM

At the risk of being hauled off to the soon to be emptied Gitmo, I just want to say to everyone here:

Merry Christmas!

rbj on December 15, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Smithers, Release the hounds!

mizflame98 on December 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM

The child is an idiot because Jesus on the cross does not represent Christmas.

mizflame98 on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Many Christians observe Christ’s birth by also noting the reason he came, which was to die for us. For example, it is not unusual to put nails or a cross on the Christmas tree, along with more usual ornaments of course.

jwolf on December 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I wonder what oboobi’s new pastor in his new church in dc thinks of this? What our christian potus has not picked a church yet….nevermind.

SHARPTOOTH on December 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I’m about as atheist as they come and I don’t even understand these stupid people.

The Calibur on December 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM

An eight year old elementary school student in Taunton was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick figure picture of Jesus on the cross.

Are parents in that school demanding a psych evaluation of the teacher and the school administration?

BuckeyeSam on December 15, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Another good example of why my children are home schooled.

Hammerhead on December 15, 2009 at 11:11 AM

The teacher is an idiot for requesting psychological evaluation for this child. The child is an idiot because Jesus on the cross does not represent Christmas. It represents Easter. He should have drawn a nativity scene.

mizflame98 on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I’m not Catholic but isn’t the crucifix a permanent staple in the Catholic church instead of the plain cross?

The kid may be Catholic and that’s what he sees and remembers during Christmas services.

Regardless – the kid is not an idiot.

gophergirl on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Nice to see an eight year old with his eyes on the prize.

Tommy_G on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Well, it is an image of violence, and, unless you have been desensitized to it be seen the torture seen over and over in a benign light, it is actually fairly disturbing.

As for being sent home, I guess that depends a lot on context.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Oh..My…God…I am praying daily that God doesn’t turn His face away from us….

lovingmyUSA on December 15, 2009 at 11:05 AM

God doesn’t turn His face away from us, we turn ours away from Him. Kind of like the ‘Footprints’ thing.

As for the kid being an idiot thing? He’s a child. Don’t expect him to be drawing major distinctions between Easter and Christmas. Doofus.

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Is it possible that the teachers are unfamiliar with Christianity?

zmdavid on December 15, 2009 at 11:09 AM

If they grew up in a mainstream protestant denomination (Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal) in the last 30 years, then that is – sadly – entirely possible.

Those of you who belong to those denominations (and I am Methodist), please don’t take that as a hostile rebuke for your denomination or beliefs. There’s a LOT of earnest Christians ( & churches) in those denominations.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Had he drawn several polar bears drowning, the teacher would have probably framed it and sent it to AlGore.

Nethicus on December 15, 2009 at 11:13 AM

But fisting lessons are still on right?

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Don’t forget about pissing on your partner.

Daggett on December 15, 2009 at 11:13 AM

But fisting lessons are still on right?

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Don’t forget about pissing on your partner.

Daggett on December 15, 2009 at 11:13 AM

So can we soak the teacher in urine and call it “art?”

We could call it “Piss off”

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Viewed literally, they’re right — any execution is inherently violent, and crucifixion was notoriously cruel. But they’re missing the point, which is that in the child’s mind the picture was anything but violent. To the contrary, it was the picture of the Prince of Peace. Congratulations to the teacher and principal for making a huge issue out of a completely unnecessary interpretation of an innocent child’s artwork.

jwolf on December 15, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Yeah, the school was clueless in failing to comprehend the context of the drawing. However, without understanding the resurrection the crucifixion can be a brutal image, hence many churches depict a risen Christ along with the cross.

dedalus on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

A couple of things. I’m not objecting to the kid’s drawing at all, but why does Ed sound like he’s not agreeing that it’s a violent image? I’m quite sure all of the abuse, capped off by being nailed to a cross to die is “violent”.

Also, to this point:

First, Jesus on a crucifix has been a symbol of Christianity for two millenia.

No, it’s a symbol of Catholicism. You’ll find most evangelicals don’t keep have just a cross… not with Jesus still attached because “He is risen”, and not still up there… He’s in Heaven with his father.

RightWinged on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I’m about as atheist as they come and I don’t even understand these stupid people.

The Calibur on December 15, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I’m glad you spoke up…it just isn’t us faithful who think this is foolish. Stupidity transcends faith…which much of the Bible deals with, stupidity of man.

right2bright on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

As for being sent home, I guess that depends a lot on context.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

They sent him to a psychiatrist.

jwolf on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

It’s hard to imagine a more clueless, knee-jerk response than the one given by this school.

I doubt it was clueless at all. I believe it was an intentional act. Make this little boy feel like a freak and send him to a “crazy doctor” then maybe he’ll think twice about this whole “Christian” thing.

CookeyD on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I understand Ed’s point, but I fail to see how the crucifixion is a reminder of Christmas. But whatevs. It’s an 8-year old.

SouthernGent on December 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

It’s a symbol to Catholics, not to Protestants–that cross is

empty

, alleluia, He is risen.

But still…what kind of can o’ worms did they think they were going to open by complaining of this? How stupid can they be?

Don’t answer that.

Bob's Kid on December 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

B+ effort. Despite the implications, the kid wasn’t sent home in some sort of anti-Christian PC effort or ignorance of the relationship between Christ and Christmas. He was sent home because of post-Columbine paranoia and because second-grade teachers take too many psych courses and think they’re Sigmund Freud. The fact that the poor kid kid has “special needs” probably played a role, as well.

This stuff is not entirely uncommon and is hardly confined to the public schools. I was forced to bring my own kid to see if he had been molested by the counselor (a nun, for whatever that’s worth) at his parochial school, because he was acting like a lot of kindergartners do. When we suggested that she was out of her mind, she let us know that she hoped she didn’t have to call child protective services. Of course, the doctor found out that he was fine.

Bleeds Blue on December 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

The incessant use of “psychological evaluations” to determine if one is thinking correctly scares me to death.

Filecchio on December 15, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Here’s the email address for Taunton Superintendent of Schools: ( Julie Hackett)

jhackett@tauntonschools.org

I notice on the school’s website it has the logo: “Where Children Come First”

alwyr on December 15, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Every day I am more grateful to my parents for sending me to Catholic school.

Daveyardbird on December 15, 2009 at 11:18 AM

I doubt it was clueless at all. I believe it was an intentional act. Make this little boy feel like a freak and send him to a “crazy doctor” then maybe he’ll think twice about this whole “Christian” thing.

CookeyD on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Here’s hoping that it will have the exact opposite effect…which it will, b/c persecution tends to strengthen the persecuted’s resolve and faith.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Must remember to preview

Well, it is an image of violence, and, unless you have been desensitized to it by seeing the torture scene over and over in a benign light, it is actually fairly disturbing.

As for being sent home, I guess that depends a lot on context.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

That was just plain garbled.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Well, it is an image of violence, and, unless you have been desensitized to it be seen the torture seen over and over in a benign light, it is actually fairly disturbing.

As for being sent home, I guess that depends a lot on context.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

If only the teachers and school administrators could have reasonably ever heard of the obscure religion of Christianity and it’s symbols.

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 11:18 AM

This is a really sad story. The poor kid. I’m so glad I don’t live in the Northeast anymore.

Missy on December 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

So how do they respond when the kids draw images from the latest video game?

Just curious.

cs89 on December 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I f**king hate people.

MadisonConservative on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Why do you hate people so much? We are so knowledgeable and powerful. We already know that there is no God, we already know that life only begins when a mother decides to have a child, we already know that our powers are so great that we are changing the very nature of nature itself, and we already know that the easiest method of solving all violence in the world is simply through tolerance!

To address all your hate issues, you probably should go see the shrink, because they already know what is wrong with all of us!

/S

rukiddingme on December 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

No, it’s a symbol of Catholicism. You’ll find most evangelicals don’t keep have just a cross… not with Jesus still attached because “He is risen”, and not still up there… He’s in Heaven with his father.

RightWinged on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

No, very few Christians would not recognize Jesus on the cross as a symbol of the ultimate sacrifice…and have for thousands of years.
Ed didn’t say the “only” symbol, just one recognized by Christians…you don’t recognize Jesus on the cross? I am not Catholic, and I can’t remember any Christian Church stating that Jesus on the cross doesn’t represent something very special…it may have even been mentioned in the bible…

right2bright on December 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Maybe he got sent home because its such a poor drawing. The vertical members of the cross are totally different thicknesses. The cross arms are at the midpoint instead of offset. There’s no perspective, no distinct light source, etc.

Seriously though, this sounds dumb.

e-pirate on December 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Bleeds Blue on December 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM

First off: Don’t give it a grade.

/Barbara Walters.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Every day I am more grateful to my parents for sending me to Catholic school.

Daveyardbird on December 15, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Did you ever think that while you were in school? I know I didn’t.

Tommy_G on December 15, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Yeah, the school was clueless in failing to comprehend the context of the drawing. However, without understanding the resurrection the crucifixion can be a brutal image, hence many churches depict a risen Christ along with the cross.

dedalus on December 15, 2009 at 11:15 AM

One of the differences between Catholics and Protestants. Catholics focus on the Crucifixion, the sacrifice. Protestants focus on the Resurrection. Both are necessary for the whole. Without the sacrifice, no Resurrection would have been possible. Without the Resurrection, it would have been just another death.

bikermailman on December 15, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Well, it is an image of violence, and, unless you have been desensitized to it be seen the torture seen over and over in a benign light, it is actually fairly disturbing.

As for being sent home, I guess that depends a lot on context.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Pretty sure that most people are getting the Spark Notes version of the Crucifixion, my pet.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Makes one wonder about the lack of judgment in the world today.

AnninCA on December 15, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I feel like we’re in a ’1984′ book.
Christmas has nothing to do with Christ; 2+2=5; the state controls your healthcare, etc.

cubachi on December 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Well, it is an image of violence, and, unless you have been desensitized to it be seen the torture seen over and over in a benign light, it is actually fairly disturbing.

As for being sent home, I guess that depends a lot on context.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:12 AM

A knee jerk post…

right2bright on December 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

If only the teachers and school administrators could have reasonably ever heard of the obscure religion of Christianity and it’s symbols.

gwelf on December 15, 2009 at 11:18 AM

I’m not really that well informed about this, but The only disturbing dead-man-on-cross images I have seen have been from Catholics. The Protestants I have seen only use the simple cross, so I presume that their kids would be about as likely to freak out over it as I was.

Has anybody asked the question of if this kid was actively using this as a violent image, simply disguised by the fact that it happens to also be a holy symbol?

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I would bet $100 to a bag of horse turds the teacher knows how to put a condum on a bannana. Oh! and also think it’s proper education for the 2nd grade. On a side note, government is violent. The Romans killed millions of innocents in a similar fashion. Maybe the teacher should use this as an example to promote the founders and thier commitment to freedom and liberty? Sorry, far too radical a concept.

chicken thief on December 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Make no mistake. This nation is under attack.

kingsjester on December 15, 2009 at 11:06 AM

You stand correct. So you better protect it from “enemies, foreign and domestic

The root of the problem liberals have with Christ, is that he will stand as Judge at a later date. People do not want to be judged or held accountable for their actions…just look at the current government for a clear perspective of this.

royzer on December 15, 2009 at 11:23 AM

They should have transferred the teacher and the administrators instead, preferably to quiet rooms with as little contact with children as possible.

Preferably to a padded cell, in straightjackets.

TXUS on December 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM

You know, maybe what the kid should have drawn was Christians being thrown to the lions.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM

What an unbelievably mindless, idiot. It is terrifying to think that morons like this have a license to drive and are on the public streets, and can vote. Dollars to donuts the teacher and the administrators voted for Odumbo. You can forgive ignorance, but never stupidity….. and it is rampant in the school systems.

ultracon on December 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM

You know, maybe what the kid should have drawn was Christians being thrown to the lions.

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:25 AM

You can see that in any courtroom in the country.

chicken thief on December 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Has anybody asked the question of if this kid was actively using this as a violent image, simply disguised by the fact that it happens to also be a holy symbol?

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Sheeesh….read the article, as usual you post without the basic understanding. The answer is perfectly explained why he drew the drawing…you are a perfect example of Matthew 7:6…

right2bright on December 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM

This is Massachusetts. We live with this every day

But we re-elect these idiots every time, it’s our own fault.

petertheslow on December 15, 2009 at 11:28 AM

this happened to me in school. The teacher asked us to write a story about passover. I wrote a letter from the Pharaoh’s point of view discussing his hatred of the jews. My teacher called in my mother and basically told her i needed to see a psychologist because of this violent imagery.

Chiasmos on December 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM

On a side note, government is violent. The Romans killed millions of innocents in a similar fashion. Maybe the teacher should use this as an example to promote the founders and thier commitment to freedom and liberty? Sorry, far too radical a concept.

chicken thief on December 15, 2009 at 11:22 AM

If a 2nd grader is drawing pictures of an electric chair execution, it is probably worth a conversation with the parents. In this case if the child was drawing an image of Christ in response to Christmas it is understandable, but maybe still worth referring to his priest or pastor if the image seems focused on the violence.

dedalus on December 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM

I do not regret,
Paying private tuition
On top of taxes.

They’ll get my money,
But never get my children.
Render unto God.

Haiku Guy on December 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Hey Liberals. If you think the Crucifix is violent look at the two religious symbols I wear on my body. One is a hammer and the other is a symbol of the brave dead.

Holger on December 15, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Makes one wonder about the lack of judgment in the world government-run, teacher-union dominated schools today.

AnninCA on December 15, 2009 at 11:21 AM

FTFY

Good Lt on December 15, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Tommy_G

Nope, hated it when I was there

Daveyardbird on December 15, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Even at 8 years old there are kids who are aware when they step into a government school they are pilgrims in an unholy land. The fact that the teacher would discipline him and send him for a psych evaluation for drawing the crucifixion tells you this teacher is an anti-religious zealot. Probably the teacher had already made little slights over the year about religious people. Some kids are smart enough to pick up the vibe, and this kid was. He knew the teacher was trying to turn Christmas into Santa’s birthday party. Well guess what it’s a free country. Merry Christmas to you!

Ted Torgerson on December 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM

This reminds me of a political cartoon by, I think, Jim Borgman a few years back. Though leftward-leaning, he got some things right.

Anyway, in the cartoon, two boys wearing dunce caps were seated on stools in the corner of a classroom. One boys said, “I got caught talking to Billy.” The other boy responded, “I got caught talking to God.”

BuckeyeSam on December 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM

you are a perfect example of Matthew 7:6…

right2bright on December 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM

+1 for being Righteously Droll. :]

bluelightbrigade on December 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Actually, I live in Texas, and several years ago, a relative’s little girl came home and was supposed to draw something about Christmas. The little girl (who was in 2nd grade) worked for an hour drawing a manager scene. The mother checked on her periodically, and the scene was very beautiful. Suddenly, the little girl sat up, picked up the drawing and crunched it into a ball. Startled, the mother said, “Why did you do that?” “I forgot. We can’t have anything with Jesus in it.”

Literally, that story is why my kids go to Catholic schools.

UnderstandingisPower on December 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM

The root of the problem liberals have with Christ, is that he will stand as Judge at a later date. People do not want to be judged or held accountable for their actions…just look at the current government for a clear perspective of this.

royzer on December 15, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Most Liberals are Christians, so I doubt that.
What they actually object to are typically what they see as old, incorrect interpretations of what that judgment will be, and what people should do about it.

Me, I find the whole idea silly, but I respect the morality that follows from it regardless.

Count to 10 on December 15, 2009 at 11:32 AM

I remember drawing tanks, fire and explosions in kindergarten, and my teachers were saying, “Wow, very imaginative! A little gory, but imaginative!” And this was San Francisco in the 70′s!

Nethicus on December 15, 2009 at 11:33 AM

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