A school in Massachusetts reportedly sent an 8 year old home for making a drawing of Jesus on a cross. The father says that his son has some learning disabilities but has never been violent. He said that his son’s teacher asked the class to draw something that reminded them of Christmas. So, the boy drew the picture which depicted a stick figure on a cross and he used x’s to depict the eyes. Dad says that his son was suspended and required to take a psychiatric exam.
Now, the school is putting up a defense. Taunton School District officials say that the 8 year old was not suspended and the situation was handled appropriately. The school says that the reports are “totally inaccurate.” They say there was no assignment that the kids make a drawing of Christmas or any other religious holiday.
Totally inaccurate? Apparently a school official “cleared” the child for a return to the class after it was determined he did not pose a threat to himself or anyone else. So, that means that the child was indeed at least removed from the class and he was required to be examined in some way. This in itself suggests that there was some accuracy to the reports and there is some sort of subterfuge within the school district’s explaination. This would cause one to be suspicious of the other aspects of the response. For instance, while they seem to be extremely worried that the world may think that a teacher would ask for a drawing depicting something associated with Christmas, they don’t say what the assignment was for. I mean, they don’t say that this child just drew the picture on his own. So, we have a situation in which the school seems to have some sort of criminalization of an 8 year old’s expression and an attempt to try to distance themselves from any suggestion that kids were asked to draw anything that was associated with Christmas. To be fair, this same school district did have a situation a year ago when a child drew a stick figure drawing of the student shooting his teacher and a classmate.
Nevertheleless, the father is a part time custodian at the school and says that his hours have been cut. Why do I think that no teachers will be wishing anyone a Merry Christmas any time soon.
Weather Bottom Line: The GFS is advertising about 2 inches of snow over the weekend. But, there is hardly a consensus among the models. We will probably get some on Saturday with the lead shortwave coming down but I’m skeptical about the amounts or the duration given that it would seem that scenario is based on a big low forming off the Carolina coast. That may or may not happen and the timing have to be right if it did. Then one must assume that it will be able to transport moisture all the way across the mountains to the Ohio Valley. Possible, yes. Probable? It will be tough. Either way, it will be cold.