A Taunton father is outraged after his 8-years-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross.
The father got a call from Maxham Elementary School informing him that his son, a second-grade student, had created a violent drawing. The image in question depicted a crucified Jesus with Xs covering his eyes to signify that he had died on the cross. The boy wrote his name above the cross.
The student made the drawing in class after his teacher asked the children to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas.
They made the child leave the school, and they recommended that a psychiatrist do an evaluation. The school, in fact, required the evaluation before the boy could return.
I think what happened is that because he put Xs in the eyes of Jesus, the teacher was alarmed and they told the parents they thought it was violent.
– Toni Saunders, an educational consultant with the Associated Advocacy Center.
The boy made the drawing and was sent home from school on Dec. 2. He went for the psychological evaluation, at his parents’ expense, the next day and was cleared to return to school the following Monday after the psychological evaluation found nothing to indicate that he posed a threat to himself or others.
The boy was traumatized by the incident, which made going back to school very difficult, the father said. School administrators have approved the father’s request to have the boy transferred to another elementary school in the district.
Taunton Mayor’s response to boy’s drawing of crucifix
Taunton Mayor Charles Crowley has advised Schools Superintendent Julie Hackett to apologize to the family of a Maxham Elementary School child sent home over a stick-figure drawing of a crucifix, to issue a public apology and develop a school-wide policy to prevent a similar incident from happening again.
Crowley has also ordered the school district to pay for the psychiatric exam the child had to undergo as a condition of returning to school.
Source: Taunton gazette
Post author: Daniel Semper