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TAUNTON, MassachusettsHere’s a story making the rounds that has me a bit riled up. Two weeks ago, a Maxham Elementary School teacher found an eighth-grade special needs student drawing a picture of someone being crucified on a cross with X’s for eyes. Following standard school protocol, the student’s records were reviewed, and after discussions with staff and central administration it was deemed that the student complete a psychological evaluation before being allowed back to school. Now some may see this as a grossly overkill knee-jerk reaction, but in this day and age of school violence and shootings, these facilities can take no precautions or possibly suffer circumstances that may even have the school being held liable if it is found to have had signs of disturbing behavior from a student, who later shoots up the cafeteria, but did nothing about it. But this story has now made the news because it has turned religious in nature and Christians everywhere are being riled up into a teeth-gnashing furor after a headline read BOY SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL FOR DRAWING JESUS.

Chester Johnson, the boy’s father, is now speaking out demanding an apology from the school as well as the town’s mayor. He states that his son was simply drawing a picture of Jesus being crucified after the teacher told the class to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas. Taunton’s school superintendent defended actions by school administrators and states that the picture that Johnson is showing the media isn’t even the picture that the teacher witnessed the boy drawing. They also state “there was no request or assignment by the teacher for students to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas or any religious holiday.”

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Mayor Charles Crowley said he wants a school-wide policy put into place to prevent such an incident from happening again. He also ordered the school department to pay for the psychiatric exam the child had to undergo as a condition of returning to school. So keep that in mind any of you little psychos out there who want to vent their frustrations out on paper…just draw scenes from stories in the Bible and you will be A-OK.

I’m going to include the entire statement from the school regarding this matter:

It has been reported in the media that a student was suspended over drawing a rendering of Jesus Christ on the cross. This report is totally inaccurate, and the student was never suspended. 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 drawing published in various media outlets is not the same drawing that was discovered by the teacher. It has not been established whether the drawing was actually completed in school. Contrary to what has been reported, there was no request or assignment by the teacher for students to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas or any religious holiday.

The inaccuracies in the original media story have resulted in a great deal of criticism and scrutiny of the system that is unwarranted.

In this case, as in any other case involving the wellbeing of a student, the administration acted in accordance with the school department’s well-established protocol. This protocol is centered upon the student’s care, wellbeing and educational success. The protocol includes a review of the student’s records, discussions with staff, central administration, school psychologists and other community resources. Decisions were made only after this protocol had been completed, including a consultation with a veteran staff member with a background in clinical psychology and a Ph.D.

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. At this time of year, Christmas is one of many religious and secular holidays. Taunton, known as The Christmas City, takes pride as a community in celebrating this Christian holiday together with Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and many others. In the school district, it is our goal to provide the opportunity for all students to be well-rounded, and it is our responsibility to help them attain their social, emotional and academic goals regardless of their religious affiliation.

Administrators in the Taunton Public Schools have an open-door policy and a willingness to discuss and examine any parental concerns and/or actions taken by the teachers, administrators, and other staff. It is difficult for us to address issues when they originate in a media news story, and it is unfortunate that this is the path that was taken in this case. As with any issue involving a child, regardless of a parent’s choice to discuss it in the media, it is the school district’s responsibility to act first in the best interests of the student and family, which we will continue to do in this matter. We will not now, nor will we ever, compromise our obligation in this regard.

Now seriously, who is doing the over-reacting here? The school who was simply following protocol’s put in place to help protect students from violence, or the Mayor, the boy’s father, and a good chunk of “Christians” who are jumping on this story to show everyone how much they are persecuted? Let me know what you think after reading the source article. Personally, I feel the school was acting in the overall student body’s best interest, and Mayor Charles Crowley should be ashamed of himself.

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I wonder if everyone would be so quick to condemn the school’s actions had this been a Muslim kid who had drawn scenes of disbelievers of Allah wearing garments of fire with boiling liquid being poured on their heads as their skin melts off all while being tortured with iron hooks as described in the Quran?

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  • Now that there’s some clarification, and it turns out the teacher never asked the class to draw something that reminded them of Christmas, I absolutely agree with you. The school did the right thing and it’s being blown way out of proportion.

    I can understand the family’s reaction – after all, no one wants to think their kid deserves a mental eval. But the mayor’s reaction is a direct contradiction to that city’s best interest, and could prevent god knows how many kids from getting much needed help in the future.

  • Coyote

    I’m with you on this one. If the school hadn’t done anything and the child had harmed someone, the other parents would be screaming at the school for not handling the situation earlier. Like you said, the school followed a protocol that had been put in place to assure the safety of all students. Personally, I think the parents of this boy are just looking for a reason for a lawsuit.

  • eracsurfer

    I would like to know what caused the “public uproar” in this case. I didn’t see mention of the article’s title in the source linked. However, wouldn’t you expect Christians to start screaming if the headline actually read “BOY SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL FOR DRAWING JESUS”?

    In addition to balming the parents of the child, and the mayor…we need to call the media to task for inciting this as well.

    I really do think if there was a similar headline in reference to a Muslim, there would be flag burning and threats of jihad for months to come.

  • Drawing of Jesus Gets A Second-Grader Suspended

    Boy Suspended From School For Drawing Picture Of Jesus

    Mass. boy suspended over Jesus-on-cross self-portrait

    But the point is that the details HAVE came to light, but this will all be overlooked. The teeth have sunk in. The boy was not suspended, he was not asked to draw a Christmas image, the picture shown to media is not the original, and the school was merely following protocol set forth whenever any child is seen drawing violent inagery.

  • The mayor now stands by the Superintendent, which is good to hear.

    After reading the account in the local paper, Mayor Charles Crowley of Taunton asked Hackett to apologize to the boy’s parents. But in a telephone interview late yesterday, he said he stands by the superintendent.

    “Dr. Hackett has far more of the facts than I do, and now I understand that the report was not accurate,’’ he said. “Based on her account, I stand behind my superintendent. She is in possession of the facts.’’

    This dad is a douche.

    “It hurts me that they did this to my kid,’’ Chester Johnson, the boy’s father, said in an interview with the Globe. “They can’t mess with our religion. They owe us a small lump sum for this.’’

    Johnson said his son was suffering as a result of the commotion. He said his grades have declined in recent days and that he wanted him to be transferred to the Elizabeth Pole School, the most recently built in Taunton.

    “He said he was uncomfortable,’’ he said. “I also think they should give him a fully paid scholarship to the school of his choice. We should be compensated for our pain and suffering.’’

    It’s money grubbing parents like this that necessitates blanket policies for psych evals to begin with. Shame on him.

  • Wow, the father of the Jesus drawing kid is a bigger douchebag than I originally thought. Good to see the Mayor come around. Maybe next time he’ll wait for a bit more information before passing judgment. He would make a great commenter here at D’D, though. 😛

  • Darsa

    I’m just not exactly sure why a crucifixion would remind anyone of Christmas, in any case. Jesus was BORN on Christmas, eesh!

    I for one am glad that the schools are watching out for stuff that might cause harm to their students. Of course you’ll always have the “parents” who know to do exactly the wrong thing in response to this defaming and slander of their precious angelic children… ugh.

  • eracsurfer

    I agree with everyone that the dad is an absolute ass. I also stand by my assertion that the media helped to blow this up with incendiary headlines (I know… this shit sells) and misrepresentation.

    As far as monetary compensation, I say the school district should give the father a quarter… so he can call someone that gives a shit!

    I do agree with the scholarship though… a full scholarship to the school of hard knocks. Consider this a lesson to build character and grow a pair of balls.

    Its assholes like this that make people view all Christians as nutjobs.

    Note to the kid from the story… you should have drawn a “Giving Tree” 😉

  • BoringUsername

    As a person who has gone outside and interacted with people on a frequent basis let me tell you my opinion. The whole thing stinks. The kid was probably drawing jesus on the instructions of his teacher (kid was special needs so the jesus was twisted). Teacher overeacted, told superviser who thought making this SN kid into somekind of potential columbine kid (that they heroically caught in the nick of time). Would earn them some press (and maybe a new state funded rec-room for the teachers). But being teachers (those who can do, those who can’t teach) fouled it up. It became a big mess with even the Mayor trying to get his 15. When someone finally realised that it was all cow flop they came up with this “the guys who screwed up and have the most to gain by saying it was all a mistunderstanding, are naturally the only ones with a true grasp of the situation) bull. Anyone who has ever interacted with people who spend large amounts of time around children, teachers, stay at home parents ect. Can tell you they are remarkably dishonest, I think it has to do with the need to contantly keep the kids in check and safe (not a bad thing) but for some reason makes them pathological fibbers.

  • Why would the teacher lie about having them draw something that reminds them of Christmas, only to turn in someone who did? It’s not like the school could not verify via other students, that the teacher never requested such artwork. Since they are standing by the teacher, I think that’s exactly what they did. Here is what happened:

    1. Kid drew a fucked up picture of a dude hanging from a tree after seing something similar while on an outing with dear old dad.

    2. Teacher thought “wtf”, followed protocol

    3. Someone tipped off the media (hmmm…I wonder who…) who did what they do by creating inflammatory headline

    4. Mayor knee-jerks

    5. School says “wtf” again, we thought this shit was over with, the kid is already back in school. Jesus.

    6. Mayor recants

    7. DoucheDad sees an opportunity to make some possible money off of the entire thing.

  • BoringUsername

    Why would the teacher lie about having them draw something that reminds them of Christmas, only to turn in someone who did?

    Your’re kidding right?
    If I knew why I would be a bajillionar, with all the things you post you still ask why people do stupid, crazy, evil things for no comprehensible reason? I only ask, “does it fit with the behavior I have observed in people of a similar age, lifestyle, occupation ect.” With that in mind which explanation do you think fits, yours or mine?

  • Well u can’t blame the poor kid
    look at the idiot who raised him.
    A small lump sum?!
    The father should be thankful that that phone call was to let him know that his son need a psych eval.
    and not that his son just shot up the damn school.
    The only thing that’s being blown out of porportion is the fact that these ignorant christians think the kid was
    “expelled for drawing jesus”
    what a laugh!!

  • Your’re kidding right?

    If you had read my entire explanation and not just the section you quoted you can see that I was not kidding. I explained that the school (the media, the parents) can easily find out if the teacher is lying by SIMPLY ASKING the other students if they were asked to draw a Christmas object. Since no one has come forward saying the teacher did, aside from the douches wanting money, I would say that my conclusion is a sound one – and as is normally the case, the correct one.

    I just went back and read your entire opinion. Wow. Let me guess, you think Bush was behind the 911 attacks, right?

  • Abroad

    BoringUsername should really write novels. The scenario suggested by him/her is almost as likely as the plot in The da Vinci Code. It might sell millions.

  • eracsurfer

    5. School says “wtf” again, we thought this shit was over with, the kid is already back in school. Jesus.

    Ooooooooo!!! They used the “J” word!!! LOL

  • Isn’t BoringUserName the person who called BS for absolutely no reason on another story recently?

    Finding conspiracies where there are none must make for an exciting life. I gotta say, I’m jealous.

  • BoringUsername

    I read your whole post, did you read mine? I prefer to think and come to my own conclusions. I is a tatic that has served me well my entire adult life. I have found that every peice of information provided in any situation is provide for a reason, usually to sway a person to a poticular point of view. Is’nt the old saying “consider the source”? How many “well known” things have turned out to be a tissue of lies?. I prefer to think, I might not always be right but I will never be a fool.

  • I prefer to think, I might not always be right but I will never be a fool.

    You know, just because you say that, doesn’t make it true.

  • eracsurfer

    The only thing that’s being blown out of porportion is the fact that these ignorant christians think the kid was
    “expelled for drawing jesus”

    Just FYI… It was the media that used it as a headline to piss people off.

  • BoringUsername

    You know, just because you say that, doesn’t make it true.

    I just got a shiver It’s like you’re reading my mind!

    See how I did that, crafty eh?

  • See how I did that, crafty eh?

    Yeah…sure…crafty…

    oO

  • BoringUsername

    I just had a thought, I am new to this commenting thing, and this site. Is it ok to make differing comments and then argue them or just make comments when we agree with the tone of the article? -not joking

  • eracsurfer

    BoringUser, since you happen to raise a question…

    “does it fit with the behavior I have observed in people of a similar age, lifestyle, occupation ect.”

    (It is “etc” by the way) what fits this particular scenario is a parent trying to get attention, and make a fast buck at the expense of his child’s self respect.

    Take a look at the thread about the people that raised a stink over a “giving tree” because:

    “the tree made their children feel uncomfortable”

    Same principle, opposite side of the spectrum.

    As far as the boy is concerned in this case, if the father hadn’t made him into the “victim”, he would have never realized what the hell was going on. At 8 years old, he would not have attached any stigma to the evaluation.

    Now that his male “role model” has built this up, the poor boy may now go through the rest of his life feeling as though every time he is reprimanded, it is because he is the “victim”, rather than accepting responsibility for his actions. Which perpetuates low self-esteem. It wasn’t the school that did this, it was his father.

    Now, based on your vast knowledge and intelligence, explain which part of this explanation seems implausible?

  • I just had a thought, I am new to this commenting thing, and this site. Is it ok to make differing comments and then argue them or just make comments when we agree with the tone of the article? -not joking

    Absolutely not. You are never allowed to make differing comments and argue them. You are only allowed to agree with whatever stance I take. Sorry, I don’t make the rules, Jaded does. When she is not around, Athena does. Honestly? I agree with you. I feel that this was all a conspiracy starting with the teacher then the school to get a new Rec Room. I just cannot say so or the women here will beat me relentlessly.

  • eracsurfer

    BU… I again ask you to check out the thread a few pages back about the “Giving tree”. You will see a somewhat heated discussion between myself and several other regluar contributors to this site.

    Discussion is always encouraged. However, if you want to offer a differing opinion, you must be prepared to defend your view. (Which is not just saying, “because” and expecting everyone to say “Well, ok then”)

    Everything Morbid has said on this thread is backed by evidence.
    -No other pictures drawn by classmates have turned up.
    -The school apparently has a “POLICY” on handling things of this nature, which was adhered to.
    -No one bitched about it (Including the father) until it hit the press.

    Nothing you have offered up has a shred of evidence to back it up, it is conjecture.

    If you can dig through all of the sources and come up with something, we will all be happy to hear it.

  • A couple of things here:

    1 – I have been incorrectly using ect as Et cetera for many years

    2 – I really like that word conjecture, I hope I get to use it soon

    Thanks Erasurfer, you kick ass.

  • eracsurfer

    I just cannot say so or the women here will beat me relentlessly.

    Morbid, what you guys do on your own time…. sounds fun!

    Can I come over???

  • BoringUsername

    I was clearly mistaken, your points are well thought out and accurate. Clearly the result of a superiour mind and flawless moral clarity. I only sought to voice my humble opinion that the contents of the article went counter to my observations of human behavior. My apologies, also your hygene is impeccable.

    Seriously guys/gals had fun arguing with you.
    Peace out!

  • eracsurfer

    YAY….another troll is sent packing.

    I love it when they get their panties in a wad!

    I mean honestly, the “observations of human behavior” happen to go against all evidence. You can’t show anything to back up your assertions, so you are gonna “take your ball and go home”?

    But, I would like to thank you for realizing that we actually used our MINDS to arrive at our conclusions.

    Oh, and since we are bringing intelligence into the equation… our minds are “superior”, as opposed to your spurious intelligence.

    I can’t speak for everyone’s “hygene”(sic), but I bathe every month, whether I need it or not!

  • deadskinmask213

    I would have been expelled for the things I used to draw and storys would write in class if they were as strict as they are now. They would usually send me to the guidance councelars office and let him or her deal with me. I would just boast it was freadom of expression and they couldnt tell me what I could or couldnt write or draw. I dont believe in censorship and that is what I feel the school is doing. I used to draw and write some pretty graphic stuff and I turned out fine I certanly didnt shoot up the cafateria. They even brought me in as a person of interest my last year in highschool I was only going for a half a day for my last year before I graduated. They asked me all kinds of questions because I wore all black and had long hair and listened to metal I mean WTF!? It was rediculous I could have probably sued them for it but I didnt. I had no history of voilence or violent tendancys I was one of the biggest guys on campas so no one ever messed with me. I was basicaly friends with just about everyone but they decided to profile me anyway. I have no faith in the school system and I feel very sorry for kids these days that are non conformists like myself. What says littly Mary Knowitall prim and proper didnt murder someone and bake their blood into those amazing cookies in home ec class?

  • eracsurfer

    This is the same argument used after 9/11. “Why weren’t we proactive in taking out the terrorists before they did something.” Then, when we do something proactive… it is “Why are we over there, they didn’t do anything to us yet?”

    People bitch because Columbine happened, but if they show up wearing a trench coat and carrying a copy of Guns and Ammo, they wonder why they are profiled!

    I’m all for freedom of expression, but everything has a time and place. If you are in class, it is to learn. If you want to draw, that is what Art class is for. If you want to write, pay attention and do it in English class (maybe you would be able to spell, or at least use a spell checker.)

    I’m not trying to be a grammer or spelling Nazi, but come on guys! If you want to attempt to sway someone’s opinion, you should at least try.

  • deadskinmask213

    I’m not trying to be a grammer or spelling Nazi, but come on guys! If you want to attempt to sway someone’s opinion, you should at least try.

    I dont care about your oppinion and as far as you calling me out because I didnt want to pay attention in class whats to say you never took time to doodle or write a poem during boring lectures? As far as my grammer goes deal with it. You can read it so dont complain about it what a perfect person you turned out to be.

  • Can I come over???

    Absolutely.

  • eracsurfer

    Never claimed to be perfect but, I’m not the one complaining about the school system, or crying “poor me” for being singled out.

    The reason that a “non-conformists” are what they are, is to draw attention to how different they are. People don’t make a point to wear all black to blend in! Its pretty much the equivalent to wearing polka dots and plaid.

    Now you want to complain that they harrassed you? Maybe you were sent to the Guidance Counselor to get GUIDANCE! Since you didn’t seem to be paying attention.

    For the record…I wasn’t singling you out here. If you read the whole thread, you will see that BoringUser was just as bad, only they at least tried to stay on topic.

    This has nothing to do with censorship, it is about a greedy bastard trying to make a buck off of his son.

  • eracsurfer

    damn…my second paragraph had an error that I missed.

    It should read “The reason that “non-conformists”…”

    See I’m not a perfect person, I just play one on tv.

  • eracsurfer

    Damn…

    My last post should have started as “Damn…”

    Oh yeah, for what it is worth, I happen to be wearing a pin stripe suit with a plaid shirt and a polka dot tie. I’m trying to fly under the radar at work, so I don’t get laid off.

  • Soobs

    Seems to me, I remember reading two things about this situation. First, the child was immediately cleared by those who did the mental evaluation, to return to school. They found no “mental illness” that would warrant being referred. Second, I read that this child had learning disabilities, and was receiving special education at that school. For me, that makes a difference in what he drew. And frankly, his drawing has NOT been released, so can any of us make an actual determination in who is right and wrong?

  • First, the child was immediately cleared by those who did the mental evaluation, to return to school. They found no “mental illness” that would warrant being referred.

    It is policy for this school, when a child draws violent images, to request a psych eval to ensure there are no underlying problems that may manifest themselves as a safety issue for students and staff. He went through the eval and was deemed ok and let back to school. Standard shit now days.

    And frankly, his drawing has NOT been released, so can any of us make an actual determination in who is right and wrong?

    He sketched someone being crucified with x’s for eyes. I don’t need to see the pic to understand why that may be of concern to someone. Unless of course he drew Jesus puking rainbows, bleeding sweet maple syrup and shitting yummy gumdrops. Then that would be awesome.

  • eracsurfer

    Soobs, you are correct on points one and two. However, the actual picture was released by the father to further fan the flames and make himself and his son seem like martyrs.

    The father, his lawyer, and the media tried to make this into a reglious issue, when it was an administrative issue.

    The child was NOT sent for evaluation because it was a drawing of Jesus. He was sent for evaluation because it was a picture of a person on a cross.

    Who is to say that he wasn’t drawing a picture of his father on the cross, or his teacher? Just because someone is receiving Special Education, they do not deserve carte blanche to do whatever they feel.

    ***PREFACE***
    This is only a dramatization!!!!
    In no way am I implying that this is what was happening!!!

    To play the devil’s advocate here, lets say that his father took away his computer game at home, and he was drawing this depiction because it was his way to vent. Then this child needed intervention to get help to properly channel his feelings before the built up and destroyed him from within.

    Then, when he does snap and take out a classroom with an AK, everyone will say “He was so quiet. He spent all of his time drawing.”

    Wouldn’t you say a little pre-emptive assistance could be a good thing?

  • eracsurfer

    Damn Morbid…

    How can you sum things up like that. You said the same shit I did with without typing a novel!

    I bow to your “Morbid”ityness.

  • deadskinmask213

    I’m not trying to be a grammer or spelling Nazi, but come on guys! If you want to attempt to sway someone’s opinion, you should at least try.

    Yep ok whatever you say boss. Im not a troll and I dont cause problems with anyone on this site I was not off topic I was just explaining my personal experience with the school system. Like I said if things were the same way back then as they are now I would have been expelled. Just because I where all black does not mean I or anyone else should be profiled for it. Look at most of the past serial killers they looked pretty normal to me Im sure you have heard the term a wolfe in sheeps clothing. If you want a debate look somewhere else. I dont like to play these back and forth games. I just wanted to comment on an experience sorry to get you all worked up over nothing. I guess I should have opted for that flasy neck tattoo and ended up like one of these sick people we end up commenting about. LOL!

  • Soobs

    It is policy for this school, when a child draws violent images, to request a psych eval to ensure there are no underlying problems that may manifest themselves as a safety issue for students and staff. He went through the eval and was deemed ok and let back to school. Standard shit now days.

    I’d be curious to see how many students in this district, were ever referred for evaluation.

    He sketched someone being crucified with x’s for eyes. I don’t need to see the pic to understand why that may be of concern to someone.

    But it may be that this child is autistic, or has some learning disabilities. I forget how old he is. But I was looking at drawings my kids did when they were 5, and they were NOT good artists. LOL

    Unless of course he drew Jesus puking rainbows, bleeding sweet maple syrup and shitting yummy gumdrops. Then that would be awesome.

    THAT would be worth releasing!

  • deadskinmask213

    Thats Wolf In Sheeps Clothing now you have me thinking about my grammer

  • Soobs

    Soobs, you are correct on points one and two. However, the actual picture was released by the father to further fan the flames and make himself and his son seem like martyrs.

    But the picture that was released to the media is NOT the same picture, according to the school, correct? Or did I miss another picture?

    Look, I think it’s been blown way out of proportion, after reading the school district’s explanation. The kid wasn’t kicked out, although I read he’s in a different school, the evaluation seems to have taken place quickly, and resolved, and the father………wanting money? Guess he’s counting on that for his Christmas gifts this year.

  • I think the thing that tipped the scale in favor of the psych eval is that the boy identified himself as the individual on the cross, not Jesus. (Of course, there’s so much misreporting in relation to this story, who really knows.) None of the people making the call to send him for the evaluation are psychologists themselves, so I can only imagine them drawing from that semester of psychology they took back in high school that covered Freud so extensively…

    A boy drawing himself crucified? Better err on the side of caution. I mean, imagine if it had been discovered he was being abused at home. The picture he drew would have been regarded as a blatant textbook example by every child psychologist in the nation.

  • eracsurfer

    Soobs, you are right about the picture. I mis-read the linked article. I had originally thought that the father had released the actual drawing to dispute the one originally shown. This was not the case. The father released a different drawing to the newspapers.

    And to respond to the other person…(sorry I can’t bring myself to type your screen name.) I never called you a troll, the troll I referred to had left before you came on the scene here.

    The funny thing is, their complaint was that they thought we didn’t actually debate things. They left because in their eyes, if you don’t agree with Morbid, you aren’t welcome. Here you are complaining that you don’t want a debate.

    I’m glad that you are now thinking about your grammer, you will come across much better, and may be able to influence someone’s point of view in a matter that you feel strongly toward.

    Although my criticism on grammer and spelling drew your ire, it was not meant to be ridiculing, it was meant to be constructive.

    I do however stand by my assertion that profiling in certain circumstances is a necessity. We are not talking about adults that are able to mask their true intentions. We are talking about children that are acting out for some reason. I’m not claiming that every kid that wears black is going to shoot up a school. I’m not saying that everyone that shoots up a school is going to wear a trench coat… BUT, if someone that is drawing skulls and bloody corpses on all of their books, and comes into school wearing all black and a trench coat, I’m not thinking that they are aspiring for a position with the clergy! I would hope that someone was keeping tabs on them.

    Where do you think we should draw the line? If someone walked up to you carrying a white sheet and asked you where a good place is to build a bonfire in the shape of a “t”, wouldn’t it be profiling to assume he was with the KKK? How about a guy walking up to you wearing a pink shirt that asks where the nearest Bed Bath and Beyond is? Gay? Sure that doesn’t make it on the blogs, but we all think it to some extent. Right or wrong, we all profile. I can tell now that you read my last example, you probably think I’m a homophobe. ;P

  • deadskinmask213

    Where do you think we should draw the line? If someone walked up to you carrying a white sheet and asked you where a good place is to build a bonfire in the shape of a “t”, wouldn’t it be profiling to assume he was with the KKK? How about a guy walking up to you wearing a pink shirt that asks where the nearest Bed Bath and Beyond is? Gay? Sure that doesn’t make it on the blogs, but we all think it to some extent. Right or wrong, we all profile. I can tell now that you read my last example, you probably think I’m a homophobe. ;P

    You do have a point there and no I dont think you are a homophobe Im sorry I kinda got bent out of shape a little bit but I do feel strongly about the subject.

  • eracsurfer

    It is good to feel strongly about things, it gives you a purpose. I didn’t mean to get you bent out of shape either. I tend to make my points with a sledge hammer rather than diplomacy. I am glad that you stuck around long enough to reach this point.

    I’m fairly new to the blogging world, I got my initiation by fire on here last week, but by sticking to my guns and discussing the subject, I have made a few friends that I would have missed out on, had I done like BU and gone to sulk in the corner.

    I look forward to seeing your input on here and other threads.

  • deadskinmask213

    It is good to feel strongly about things, it gives you a purpose. I didn’t mean to get you bent out of shape either. I tend to make my points with a sledge hammer rather than diplomacy. I am glad that you stuck around long enough to reach this point.

    I’m fairly new to the blogging world, I got my initiation by fire on here last week, but by sticking to my guns and discussing the subject, I have made a few friends that I would have missed out on, had I done like BU and gone to sulk in the corner.

    I look forward to seeing your input on here and other threads.

    Thank you you as well. I dont comment often because things do get a little hectic and I really hate dealing with people that will go to no end to try and prove their point even if that point is not valid. I just usualy read the threads and laugh and thats the end of it. There are times that I do decide to put in some input but usually nothing to start a debate or anything. The only time im on here is at work hence the bad grammer I’m trying to juggle too many things at once. Well its the end of my shift have a good night.

  • Veronica

    “It hurts me that they did this to my kid,’’ Chester Johnson, the boy’s father, said in an interview with the Globe. “They can’t mess with our religion. They owe us a small lump sum for this.’’

    Let me guess what the dad wants…30 pieces of silver, perhaps? Fucking moron. He needs to get a neck tattoo that reads “Money Grubber” in Old English lettering. That would be awesome.

  • petrina

    if the school policy on what to do if a child draws violence was written, its a no brainer. no lump sum. tho when my friend’s first grade student said she wanted a “real live gun” for christmas so she could “shoot everybody up” her parents were also indignant. denial much?

    also, teachers usually have lesson plans. and smart districts have them copy them to be on file for shit like this. they should be able to check not just with students, but with the lesson plans to see if the teacher’s lessons for the day included lynchings or religion.

    and speaking of lump sums, the school should sue the papers or the dad. in fact, if i lived in that district, i might insist they do. let the new playground money come from slanderous/libelous asshats rather than taxes.

  • NotSurprised

    Ponder this… since Christmas is about the birth of Christ, would this special little cherub bought himself a psych eval for drawing a homeless woman with a look of excruciating pain on her face in a barn spread eagle, blood everywhere with livestock and three iced-out dudes with expensive gifts? Come ON! Dad just wants his gold, frankincense and mur, man.

  • sugarglider

    “It hurts me that they did this to my kid,’’ Chester Johnson, the boy’s father, said in an interview with the Globe. “They can’t mess with our religion. They owe us a small lump sum for this.”

    One thing is clear to me about this story: the father is a piece of work.

    I wonder if everyone would be so quick to condemn the school’s actions had this been a Muslim kid who had drawn scenes of disbelievers of Allah wearing garments of fire with boiling liquid being poured on their heads as their skin melts off all while being tortured with iron hooks as described in the Quran?

    No need to go to the Quran for violence. The bible is full of rape and stoning and beheading. Does Chester Johnson think his kid should also draw those scenes, too? Ignorant money-grubber.

  • sugarglider

    Ponder this… since Christmas is about the birth of Christ, would this special little cherub bought himself a psych eval for drawing a homeless woman with a look of excruciating pain on her face in a barn spread eagle, blood everywhere with livestock and three iced-out dudes with expensive gifts? Come ON! Dad just wants his gold, frankincense and mur, man.

    LOL. No doubt.