The suspension is ludicrous. Obviously an eight year old does know the Crucifixion story. It may be out of context to an adult bringing it up at Christmas, but there’s nothing psychologically crazy about a boy skipping ahead in the story to its climax. X for eyes is a standard symbol for death - he knows the story and sees crosses all the time. So all he was doing was an eight year old’s version of a traditional Christian theme. What can really hurt a child is what happens if adults get shocked that children are aware of death and respond to it. No church or Christian family I’ve ever known of hesitates to tell the Crucifixion story around Easter. That the boy’s bright enough to connect Christmas and Easter as being about the same person isn’t a psychological problem unless you think of the entire Christian story as way too violent for children. Good grief. It’s a good thing I didn’t go to that school. They’d have had me up in front of shrinks for my illustrations of Greek myths a week after I’d read the Odyssey.
Hold the phone, folks, not so fast: The Taunton, Mass. Public Schools says the whole story as reported thus far is FALSE: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/21978157/detail.html (1) the drawing the kid’s dad shared with the media is NOT the same one the teacher had discovered.
(2) the whole thing happened 2 weeks ago and the parents were working cooperatively with the school. For whatever reason Dad is now reaching out to the media with this version of the story.
(3) the kid was NEVER suspended from school
(4) the teacher did not even assign the kids to draw something that reminded them of Xmas-even that part of the story is untrue. The Taunton, Mass mayor poured gasoline on the fire by demanding the school superintendent apologize. Shame on him if the above statements from the public school system prove true. And this story adds a new and sad fact to the story: http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/12/by_david_abel_g_6.html [The Taunton superintendent] said the boy’s drawing was seen as a potential cry for help when the student identified himself, rather than Jesus, as the figure on the cross, which sparked the teacher to alert the school’s principal and staff psychologist. I sure hope the original story isn’t a phony baloney “War on Xmas” piece of BS but that’s just what this is starting to look like IMHO…
Santa didn’t die on the cross for your sins.
ok so yes, jesus was born on christmas and died during easter, but maybe christmas reminds the kid of jesus in general and this is his best portrayal of what comes to mind when he thinks of jesus. nothing violent about it, its just historical. the world is getting way too sensitive.
seriously, Jesus (man or God whatever you believe) did die, and that is certainly the reason for Christmas. Suspension? wtf?
Luckily, and I can speak with some authority, if that kid walked into a decent psychologist’s office he would not be mistreated for that drawing that picture.