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Old 12-16-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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Zero Tolerance...

I pilfered this from another forum I frequent. The thread was hilarious, but the story is just one of those are you kidding me articles.

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An 8-year-old special needs student from Taunton was sent home from school and ordered to undergo psychological testing after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ nailed to the cross, when asked by his teacher to depict what Christmas means to him.

Toni Saunders, an educational consultant with the non-profit Associated Advocacy Center in Sandwich, who was asked to help the family by their pastor, told the Herald, “I heard the story and I was appalled, to put it mildly.”

The Maxham Elementary School second-grader was booted from the school on Dec. 2 when school officials feared his artwork might be exposing violent tendencies, but was allowed to return on Dec. 7 after a two-day evaluation by a psychiatrist determined there was nothing wrong with him, Saunders said.




When I was in kindergarten, the teacher called my mom about my paintings. She was very upset. All my paintings were black. She wanted me to be seen by a doctor, but my mom being a reasonable person turned to me and asked me why all my paintings were black.

My answer was the easiest of all. I was a very small kid, and by the time I wrestled my way through the other kids, the only paint left was black. Easy.

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Old 12-16-2009, 12:14 PM   #2
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This is insane! The teacher and those who suspended this child should be fired and banned from teaching children. It's no wonder kids today are getting so messed up.

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They did the proper thing, that kid is a MENACE to society!
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:47 PM   #4
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i cant belive a teacher even asked the class to draw what CHRISTMAS meant to them!
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:15 PM   #5
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I saw on the news today that the kid said it was himself in the drawing and the eyes were drawn as "X"s (don't know why that matters). Either way sending him home was uncalled for. I also heard the this is not the drawing.


My nine year old is into the Happy Treehouse Friends.
He came home with a drawing of one of them shooting other characters.
He did not get into trouble or anything but I told him not to be drawing any more stuff like that.
I had no clue what they were about until recently when he showed me online.
Pretty violent stuff although I have not stopped him from looking at them.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:33 PM   #7
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I'm not a big fan of schools and their zero-tolerance policies, but don't lynch anyone until you get all the facts on this story.

We're going to discover (after this has been on Fox news nonstop for awhile) that there's more to the story and that the kid's father rushed to the media. The teachers and school district won't be able to talk about it, but there will a leak from an unnamed source explaining what's going on. It'll most likely be a different drawing than the one the father released to the media, and it'll most likely be part of an ongoing concern over this young man's mental health.

NEVER trust a Dad who pushes a story into the media right away.
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The next thing you know the kid'll be drawing SATAN Claus and dressing in goth-wear.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:48 PM   #9
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TAUNTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts school district on Tuesday night denied a father's claims that his son was suspended for drawing a stick figure of Jesus on a cross.

The Taunton School District said in a written statement that the second-grade student was never suspended over the sketch and that a drawing circulated to reporters by the boy's father, Chester Johnson, is not the same one that was discovered by the teacher.

The district also denied that the boy and his classmates had been assigned to draw something that reminded them of Christmas or any other religious holiday.

Johnson, who had said his son was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after the drawing was discovered, did not return multiple phone messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday night about the school district's statements.

"This incident occurred nearly two weeks ago, it was handled appropriately, and the school staff and family had been working together in a cooperative and positive manner," the district said in a statement posted on its Web site.

School officials did not specify any action they took, but said they followed "well-established protocol," including reviewing the child's records and consulting with school psychologists.

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"It is unfortunate that the actions of our district staff have been classified as "religious" in nature when, in fact, they were based solely on the wellbeing of the student," the district's statement said.

Johnson said earlier Tuesday that his son made the drawing Dec. 2 just days after the family had visited the holiday lights display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, where, he said, his son seemed taken with the religious statues he saw there.

"When he seen the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, that's what he drew," Johnson said. "He liked that. That drew his eye."

Johnson told reporters that administrators were concerned the boy drew Xs for Jesus' eyes, and particularly worried when his son said he'd drawn himself on the cross. He said his son was suspended and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. But the school district said it's unclear whether the boy even drew that particular sketch in school.
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TAUNTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts school district on Tuesday night denied a father's claims that his son was suspended for drawing a stick figure of Jesus on a cross.

The Taunton School District said in a written statement that the second-grade student was never suspended over the sketch and that a drawing circulated to reporters by the boy's father, Chester Johnson, is not the same one that was discovered by the teacher.

The district also denied that the boy and his classmates had been assigned to draw something that reminded them of Christmas or any other religious holiday.

Johnson, who had said his son was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after the drawing was discovered, did not return multiple phone messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday night about the school district's statements.

"This incident occurred nearly two weeks ago, it was handled appropriately, and the school staff and family had been working together in a cooperative and positive manner," the district said in a statement posted on its Web site.

School officials did not specify any action they took, but said they followed "well-established protocol," including reviewing the child's records and consulting with school psychologists.

Related StoriesBoy, 8, Sent Home From School for Jesus Drawing
"It is unfortunate that the actions of our district staff have been classified as "religious" in nature when, in fact, they were based solely on the wellbeing of the student," the district's statement said.

Johnson said earlier Tuesday that his son made the drawing Dec. 2 just days after the family had visited the holiday lights display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, where, he said, his son seemed taken with the religious statues he saw there.

"When he seen the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, that's what he drew," Johnson said. "He liked that. That drew his eye."

Johnson told reporters that administrators were concerned the boy drew Xs for Jesus' eyes, and particularly worried when his son said he'd drawn himself on the cross. He said his son was suspended and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. But the school district said it's unclear whether the boy even drew that particular sketch in school.
I call BS on the dad, he is looking to be in the spot light and on the other hand is in doubt that his kid drew whatever it is he drew. Obviously the drawing that is being shuffled around in the media is not the actual drawing that the kid made in class. Is this the same guys who said his kid is flying over the corn fields in a balloon?
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:51 PM   #11
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I second Geoff's post. I think more info will come out later and it won't be nearly as shocking a story as it appears now. (love the Fox News jibe!)

Oops. Two more posts crossed as I posted this one, and already we are hearing the other side of this story.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:54 PM   #12
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I mean how do people go about that, do they run down to their local news station and walk in and start ranting? Did he bring the picture in and start to sling bs in every direction until someone published his story?
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:13 PM   #13
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Attention whoring has become the national pasttime with the ever increasing ubiquity of "reality entertainment." I don't understand it at all, as when I want to be entertained, it's usually to get away from reality.
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I mean how do people go about that, do they run down to their local news station and walk in and start ranting? Did he bring the picture in and start to sling bs in every direction until someone published his story?
Well, it's Christmas time, and as you should know, religion/holidays/christmas is a bit of a hot topic. I don't imagine he had too hard a time getting interest in a story where the evil school teachers tried to stomp on some devout young man's desire to inject Jesus back into the Holidays.

It's a good story. I worked as a journalist for a while. Always remember that we are insanely lazy, ridiculously overworked, badly underpaid, and we follow trends blindly (because that's what's popular). A story like this lands in our lap? We run it quick, before it gets proven wrong.

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