Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Taunton (AP/WBZ Newsroom) -- A Taunton man says his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick figure Jesus on a cross.
The man told the Taunton Daily Gazette his second-grader made the drawing after his teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of Christmas. He said the teacher at Maxham Elementary School thought the drawing was too violent.
The father, who asked that his name not be used, said the family had recently seen a Christmas display at a religious shrine.
Superintendent Julie Hackett said she could not discuss an individual student and the school followed proper protocol.
Toni Saunders, an educational consultant working with the family, said the teacher was alarmed because the boy drew Xs in the eyes of Jesus.
The religious shrine mentioned in the article was The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette.