I will leave this to those of you who work with children, but I have a problem seeing any threat in the drawing of a crucifix by a Massachusetts 8-year-old. Apparently, it alarmed the teacher
and signaled to her that the child was somehow troubled. (Read the story in the AJC.)
Please note that the story has changed today – Wednesday – with the school system saying that there is more to this story. Read the update here in the AJC. .
What’s odd to me is that crucifixes are pretty common in Massachusetts, where there are many Catholics. I grew up Catholic and had crucifixes in my home and dozens around my Catholic school.
According to the original story:
TAUNTON, Mass. — 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.
The boy was cleared to return to school on Dec. 7 after the evaluation found nothing to indicate that he posed a threat to himself or others. But his father said the boy was traumatized by the incident and the school district has approved the family’s request to have the child transferred to another school.
The father said in the days before the incident the family had gone to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, where there are crucifixion statues.
“That was fresh on his mind,” he told NECN. “And that was a good thing that he saw.”
Superintendent Julie Hackett said she could not discuss an individual student and did not address the drawing specifically or the teacher’s reaction to it, but did say the school has safety protocols in place that were followed.
Is this an overreaction or is there more here?