Eagle Point first-grader suspended for violent stick-figure drawing
“I'm not sure how this is going to affect how my kid is perceived”
School officials in this southern Oregon town suspended a first-grader whose drawing of a stick figure shooting another in the head attracted complaints from parents. via The Oregonian
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#1 Nov 16, 2007
It is very sad that the child drew such a horrible act. Suspension though is too far. My son is three and says things that would sound outragious if you were a teenager saying them, but first grade....Not taking something like this lightly is a good choice on the schools part, but most of the time the people involved do NOT handle the situation the correct way. Keeping him out of school...why is he so upset at the school if he is going to do the same thing....Hypacrits.
#2 Nov 18, 2007
The saddest part of this whole fiasco is that both the school ignored an opportunity to TEACH and immediately resorted to punishment. Why didn't they report the incident to the parents and then the school administrator AND the parents could talk to the child and explain why the drawing was not appropriate. Why go straight to suspension? For a 6-year-old? Talk about overkill and over-reaction! Such a drawing is indicative of what is in a child's mind and that avenue should have been explored and explained to him why it was inappropriate. He said he got it from watching a TV program, so why aren't the parents supervising what their vulnerable child watches? Do they let him watch "South Park" so he can pick up all the filthy language? Sorry, but I think the child is not at fault here, but only needs some guidance in the matter rather than such harsh punishment.
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