Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Kids Gone Wild!

According to a post on Emil Steiner's OFF/beat blog, a 2nd grader was suspended for this drawing. Personally, I think it shows a lot of talent for that age...Don't all little boys draw pictures of guns and cars and helicopters?

Or how about the recent the Washington Post article about the in-school suspension of a FOUR YEAR OLD for SEXUAL HARRASSMENT! The child had hugged a teacher's aide while getting on the bus and she later complained to administrators at La Vega Primary School that he had put his face in her chest. Um, sweetie--four year olds are not sexually aroused by hugging. They are not looking for sexual gratification, just a little affection. Now if he'd been FOURTEEN, that would be another story...

Seriously, I think some people need to take a chill pill here!


  1. I started to rant about how ridiculous that suspension was but I just read that blog post and this was actually the drawing that got him suspended. I still think it's ridiculous but somewhat more understandable. I think the school probably should have informed his mother and let the parents take care of the lesson that needed to be taught but, given the violence in schools lately, I can see why they felt they had to send a message.

    That said, the sexual harrassment thing is just sad. I hate that hugs have become taboo in this day and age. If it's not teacher's being afraid of being accused of sexual intention, apparently it's now the kids? Unbelievable.

  2. Actually that drawing is even more innocuous in my opinion. The kid is SEVEN YEARS OLD! As for sending a message--get him in for a couple of sessions with a guidance counselor perhaps to see if there's anything to be concerned about. But suspension? Seven years old? For a stick figure drawing? C'mon!