If you thought “Barack Obama,” nope. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore? Nope. Welcome to Taunton, Ma.
A Taunton father is outraged after his 8-year-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 said he got a call earlier this month 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 child, whose name is being withheld to protect him, is a special needs student who is 8 years old. Think this will traumatize him? Well, yes. The story points out that he has had trouble going back to school after the suspension and mandatory counseling, and the school administrators have approved a transfer request to another school.
How did the sketch come about (which you can see at the link)?
The student drew the picture shortly after taking a family trip to see the Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, a Christian retreat site in Attleboro. He made the drawing in class after his teacher asked the children to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas, the father said.
I believe that he was on his way to understanding the true meaning of Christmas, that it is about Jesus (though, about his birth, not Crucifixion, of course.)
Any one want to make a bet on whether he would have been suspended had he drawn George Bush being crucified?