Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What a complete Crock of SHIT!

2nd grader sent home for drawing Jesus on the cross

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy was sent home from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after he was asked to make a Christmas drawing and came up with what appeared to be a stick figure of Jesus on a cross, the child's father said Tuesday.

Chester Johnson told WBZ-TV that his son made the drawing on Dec. 2 after his second-grade teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of the holiday.

Well, according to Christian tradition Jesus is the reason for the season, right?

An educational consultant working with the Johnson family said the teacher was also alarmed when the boy drew Xs for Jesus' eyes.

If my memory serves me correctly Jesus was DEAD on the cross so the X's for eyes were a proper depiction. What did they want from the kid...a picture of a live, suffering, stick-figure Jesus?

There is nothing wrong with what this kid did. According to the story his father said they had just visited some holy place where there were statues of the Crucifixion. And Christians are constantly bitching about "takin' Christ out of Christmas." This kid drew Jesus instead of Santa Claus, thereby putting the Christ back in Christmas, and he got sent home and commanded to undergo a psychological evaluation.

What am I missing here?


Anonymous said...

The only thing missing is the name and phone # of the people who thought it was a good idea to make some little kids christmas into a circus . I hope santa leaves these people stockings full of reindeer droppings and maybe one of santa's yule logs on the hearth on the way out for good measure.Screwing with kids at christmas is just freaking low

TheEvilOne said...



The antics of you Americans never cease to amuse me, horrify me and boggle my mind.

People do some insane things in Australia also but not at as high a frequency relative to population as they do in the US.

Anonymous said...

The kid didn't do a damn thing wrong. Teachers for some reason freak out at any little thing, and some even try to play armchair psychologist. And they don't think about these things or a rational explanation before they act.

Case in point: The director at my daughter's preschool noted to me that it was almost as if my daughter "didn't feel pain" because she'd pull the hairpin out of her hair with some hair attached to it. She was "so concerned" that that might be a sign of a deep psychological issue where she doesn't understand pain, and that might be why, as a three-year-old, she's hitting and biting.

Nevermind the reasons I gave her-- that she's not used to large groups of children without a lot of adult attention for herself and she's having problems coping with that. And while she's very smart and above average in several areas, she's not quite there on her expressive communication for now, though she's still considered to be within the normal range. I know that because I've had her tested. (And from what I understand, the fact that she's learning three languages at once has a little bit to do with that.) The problem is that we need a better solution since a smaller classroom isn't an option. And so I'm seeing a child psychologist who can hopefully offer that.

I assured the director-- my daughter does feel pain, as is evidenced by the fact that she cries when she's hurt and she'll complain when I pull her hair while combing out tangles. She's even cried when hurt at school, and her teachers did explain that to the director. She just runs her fingers through her hair as a coping mechanism when she's uncomfortable or nervous (as I'd said she's been), and I noted that on her form when I enrolled her. It's not all that uncommon, and I have caught myself doing it.

Now, I can understand the issues with her hitting and biting. But for them to freak out over something like her twirling her hair when she's nervous and predictably pulling some out as a result, and then to imply that she's some sort of sociopath as a result of that, is just plain ridiculous.

Brandon said...

Loretta, you can't see the logic here because you haven't eaten enough paint chips.

Anonymous said...

The boy was honest and responded based upon his upbringing. Kudos to his parents for raising hm in a Christian home. Yes, Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins. To belittle this is heresy! It is disturbing that ANYONE would object, let alone a teacher! We should ALL remember the cross. Do not ruin our children with anti-Christian actions!

Loretta Nall said...

Anon...I am an Atheist. I don't believe Jesus ever existed, died on a cross or got up from the dead. So, I guess you would consider me to be a heretic. However, I still think what happened to this little boy was wrong. I don't believe what you believe but I do support your right to believe whatever you want.

Bob King said...

Loretta, the only thing wrong with your post is the keyword. It says "statist educational system."

In fact, statist educational systems LOVE religious imagery. Particularly fascist ones.

Nope, this one should have been under "fucktards."

Now, I cannot possibly guess whether it's the sort of fucktard that thinks a child should not understand that Jesus *died* on the cross, according to the story as properly told, or if it's the sort of fucktard that thinks there's something wrong with a child believing in the Jesus story (kinda literally) before thinking of Santa Claus. At that age, you believe what your grownups tell you. Ain't nothin' wrong with that, 'ceptin that whatever might be wrong is wrong with the grownups.

But in any case, it's not about statist educational philosophy.

It's about a particular fucktard making a fucktard call. And they would be fucktards regardless of the political system. Facist, communist, liberarian, whatever the hell the mess there is down there - the problem ain't philosophy.

It's fucktards. Strainging at gnats (this) and swallowing camels - anything on faux newds about anything.

Other than that, though ... I agree. :P