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6 years 36 weeks ago, 4:30 PM

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Mass. 2nd-grader sent home for crucifix drawing
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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.

Chester Johnson told WBZ-TV that his son made the drawing on Dec. 2 after his second-grade teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of the holiday.

Johnson said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross. Johnson, who is black, told WBZ he suspects racism is involved. He said he thinks the school overreacted and wants an apology.

Johnson told the Taunton Daily Gazette, which first reported the story on Tuesday, that his son gets specialized reading and speech instruction and has never been violent in school.

An educational consultant working with the Johnson family said the teacher was also alarmed when the boy drew Xs for Jesus' eyes.

A call to Johnson was not immediately returned.

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.

"They owe my family an apology and the kid an apology and they need to work with my son (to) the best of their ability to get him back to where he was before all this happened," Johnson told New England Cable News.

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.

Hackett did not return multiple calls from The Associated Press on Tuesday.

In June 2008, a Taunton fifth-grade student was suspended for a day for a stick figure drawing that appeared to depict him shooting his teacher and a classmate.

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Information from: Taunton Daily Gazette, http://www.tauntongazette.com/

This is unbelieveable.

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 4:35 PM

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maybe they should

remove drawing from their curriculum,seems the little bastards are fucking it all up.

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 4:37 PM

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Hey Lucky

How you? Have you been playing poker? I looked for your user name didn't see it.

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”-Albert Einstein
6 years 36 weeks ago, 4:56 PM

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doing well

i have not been playing for a few days,are you playing? it's difficult to figure when your on as you hold all the cards :)there are some strange people on there,lol.i guess i take it down a notch when i get there too.I play free no-limit 10-20 tables and 3000 buy-in tourneys,join me girl!

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
6 years 36 weeks ago, 6:14 PM

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Makes me

want to home school my kids!

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6 years 36 weeks ago, 7:16 PM

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I do home school because of the F-d schools in LA, yea I know there is a LOT screwed up in LA.

"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home" Thomas Jefferson
6 years 36 weeks ago, 7:24 PM

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told a 6 year old to walk home when his mom didn't show up on time.
http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/local_wpri_taunton_mother_says_6...

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
6 years 36 weeks ago, 7:26 PM

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6 years old are you kidding me, all the pedophiles are selling and moving now!

"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home" Thomas Jefferson
6 years 36 weeks ago, 7:33 PM

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most of them already live here. They'll lock your ass up if you mention God,Santa, or Christmas, but if you're a rapist or child molester you'll get out with a ohhhhh poor soul he must have had a _______________ fill in the latest liberal excuse.

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
6 years 36 weeks ago, 7:35 PM

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