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    Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    The Lowell M. Maxham Elementary School second-grader was booted from the school on Dec. 2 when school officials feared his artwork - drawn to depict what he did on his Thanksgiving break - might be exposing violent tendencies. The child was allowed to return on Dec. 7 after a two-day risk assessment by psychiatrist Helene Titelbaum determined there was nothing wrong with him.
    At first I read this story and was like, WTF? The kid drew Jesus and got sent home?

    Then I got to thinking about it...

    If you read the article, however, the kid drew the crucifix and replaced Jesus's name with his own. That, in and of itself, is proof positive the kid didn't understand what he was drawing or the Stations of the Cross at all. Also, the article acknowledges that he was a special needs student and we both know that behavioral issues come along with that label.

    Christians must understand that we live immersed in a secular society that was made this way by design so that we could practice our religion unhindered by government. This is a blessing. But I think Christians forget to acknowledge that this blessing also comes with a few responsibilities like acknowledging and respecting the fact that there is no obligation or expectation that our fellow citizens are going to understand or even concern themselves with the mysteries of faith.

    If you put yourself in the shoes of the unbeliever, an 8 year old special needs kid drawing a figure in a state of perpetual torture and labeling that figure as himself, in any other context would be cause for concern.

    Granted, evaluation and removal from school for an extended period was overkill. I am sure it all could have been settled with a parent/teacher conference.

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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    The school administrator is just a moron. I doubt he managed to make it this far along in life without learning the whole "Jesus was crucified" thing. He probably also thinks kids playing "cops and robbers" are expressing violent criminal tendencies.

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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    Is there a link to the full story? It seems ridiculous that a kid would get kicked out of school and need a psychiatric evaluation for drawing Jesus. If that's all it is or whatever, then this was overreaction. Well chances are regardless, this is overreaction. But if the concern was merely over religious imagery, then it's maybe one toke over the line.

    I don't know, it seems like we have to behave like a bunch of raving, oversensitive, nosy jerks these days and it's really f'n everything up.
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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    I cant really give an opinion without seeing the picture.

    A crucifixion could be nasty. Spear in the side and nails in the limbs and blood covering the whole body and a big sad face on jesus.

    It all depends really.

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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Is there a link to the full story? It seems ridiculous that a kid would get kicked out of school and need a psychiatric evaluation for drawing Jesus. If that's all it is or whatever, then this was overreaction. Well chances are regardless, this is overreaction. But if the concern was merely over religious imagery, then it's maybe one toke over the line.

    I don't know, it seems like we have to behave like a bunch of raving, oversensitive, nosy jerks these days and it's really f'n everything up.
    Shoot. sorry. Totally spaced that. Here you go:

    Second Grader sent home after drawing crucifix

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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    We should really start thinking hard about a camp for these people.

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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    Shoot. sorry. Totally spaced that. Here you go:

    Second Grader sent home after drawing crucifix
    Ok, that was pretty dumb. Especially the last part of the article which said a kid "was suspended for a day for a stick figure drawing that appeared to depict him shooting his teacher and a classmate." That has well more merit to it than booting a kid for drawing a picture of Jesus on the cross. I don't know, some of this is our fault because we sue way too much over the littlest of things. It's time for us all to collectively grow up.
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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    Am I missing something here? A kid draws a picture of someone crucified and labels it as himself, and that is "normal"? It would certainly warrant further investigation, but excluding him from school appears drastic.
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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    Am I missing something here? A kid draws a picture of someone crucified and labels it as himself, and that is "normal"? It would certainly warrant further investigation, but excluding him from school appears drastic.
    That's kind of where I stand on it.

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    Re: Mayor: School Boss Should Apologize to Boy Who Drew Crucifix

    It may very well be and we will never know for sure that this young person was confused by what he learned about the sacrifice Jesus made for us to forgive us for our sins, and that when we accept Jesus he becomes a part of us metaphorically and lives within or hearts. It is easy to imagine such a thing as children tend to put their own spin on what they are told until someone takes the time to explain in terms they can grasp what is meant by the Stories of the Bible.

    It also may be that he was frightened by someone who suffers from a severe case of ACLUaphobia (The unreasonable fear of Nativity Scenes) and just said the first thing that came to mind.

    I agree with those who believe the child needed to be talked with (NOT AT) about what he drew and why, but the over reaction could traumatize a child for life.

    It must be difficult for a child as it is for so many so-called adults to understand how it is something that is about the ultimate in a loving sacrifice for all man kind can be band by those who are charged with teaching and forming the minds of children.

    I wonder if a child were draw a picture of the crescent moon would there be an over reaction in an effort to see if the child were somehow proselytizing for Islam or maybe warning of a bomb plot to come?.

    Teachers and educators have a strange view of the world and see everything through the eyes of wildly liberal lenses and seldom have a grasp of reality and many not all are a daily reminder and prove the old adage that: "Those who can do and those who can't teach." I would to that those who can do neither go into School administration because they can't even think straight.

    I said not all, and thank God I went to school at a time when I could say thank God and not have to see a shrink. By the way most mental health workers got started in that fields while there were therapy over whether or not to be teachers.
    Last edited by Councilman; 12-16-09 at 06:23 PM.

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