8-Year-Old Threatened With Expulsion For Drawings

    November 3, 2013
    Alex Williams
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The headmaster at Scottsdale Country Day School is not having it with your “highly disturbing” pictures, young man. Look, even if you’re drawing potential costumes you’ll be wearing for Halloween; it’s still not okay to display images of characters holding either a knife or gun –we’re not taking any risks here.

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A couple in Scottdale, Arizona removed their 8-year-old from school after he was threatened by the principal with expulsion for drawing three images depicting a ninja, a soldier, and a Star Wars character wielding weapons.

“In this situation, it’s actually the principal of school who bullied the parents – so much that we couldn’t even be safe in that environment,” said Jeff, whose last name is omitted for the sake of protecting the identity of his son.

“I think we really send our children the wrong message when we show that, as adults, we’re so afraid of our shadow that an innocent picture – that any 8-year-old might’ve drawn – is cause for this kind of concern.” Jeff told KPHO.

During a meeting to discuss the 8-year-old’s artwork, the principal bestowed Jeff with his son’s journal, highlighting passages he found to be too violent and inappropriate.

One story by Jeff’s son talked about excepting a killer zombie at a haunted school, that read:

“I’d open the windows, but, stand back quickly. Booby-trapped. Shoot the gadget – a rope gun – I’d swing across without getting hit.”

One entry mentioned how he wished for the ability to save the world from atom bombs, and stopping bullets. Other third-grader’s journal entries surrounded themes of saving the world and protecting humanity.

Jeff said that the headmaster told him that he couldn’t guarantee the safety of other students around his son.

“I don’t under how somebody can say that about an 8-year-old that has no history of violence, no history of making threats – nothing at all.”

According to the Scottsdale Country Day School’s online student and parent handbook, “Any behavior that is deemed threatening such as violent behavior, drawings depicting weapons, blood, or aggression, or any verbal actions causing or threatening to cause harm to a person, group of persons, animal, or facility.” are grounds for expulsion.

The school declined to comment on the situation.

(Pictures via CBS 5)

  • Really?

    Is this what America has come to? Are we this moronic and stupid? We have become a nation of cowards that are afraid of our shadows and aspire to be feminist weaklings. Boys, go put on skirts and play with dolls. Don’t dream about being a ninja, a Star Wars character, or a soldier protecting those that cannot protect themselves.

    This is almost as stupid as schools trying to ban balls and tag at recess.

    God this country has fallen apart and we are pathetic.

    • Alex Williams

      Funny enough, back in 1995, my elementary school had this little event called “Peanut Day” or “The Peanut Festival”. Basically, the school would provide two bags of peanuts for students (after you shelled out the five bucks your parents gave you), and you and a partner would come up with a game booth and use peanuts as a commodity; it was our first taste of business.

      I remember it was a cold day that day; the blue, grey, and white overcast winter morning of the 90’s set a certain chill that would raise little bumps up from our adolescent skins. Every little snowflake in their puffy neon colored jackets pulled from their Jansport backpacks their genius schemes they thought of the night before. We took creaky old wooden tables the teachers provided and planted them in the rock gravel by the sycamore trees; we set up our cardboard stands and signs covered in Mr. Sketch’s Scented Markers; we whipped out our Super Soakers and scoreboard; we were ready to provide one the most creative 4th grade experiences of our lives.

      Unfortunately, we had Ms. Collins.

      Since each game booth required a partner, I of course chose my best friend at the time. We both came up with a funny and creative water gun shooting game much like those moving wooden ducks you shoot at the carnival. Our system was so intricate, you could “upgrade” your gun from mere water pistol, to one of those pumped up two handed water rifles – it cost you six extra peanuts though.

      Back then during the pre-9/11 era, there was nothing wrong with “shooting” or using a water “gun” when it came to creative control (besides, half the games involved shooting in some way). Of course, in our young adolescent minds we thought it would be funny if we made the target to be a peanut that looked like Hitler; we called him “Hitler peanut”, which was just a bastardized version of Mr. Peanut but with the infamous mustache alongside a WW1 German pointy-helmet. I spent a lot of time cutting out the cardboard, adding the details, and even going so far as to draw the texture of the peanut shell. So what happened next? Well like I said earlier, we had Ms. Collins – and when one of our fellow students who self -identified as a German (he was born here in California, full blooded American, blonde bowl cut hairdo, skin paler than the milk we used in our cereals, blue eyes, freckled skin – he looked just like me) said that he found our game to be “offensive to his culture and race”, Ms. Collins took it down immediately, like Godzilla, but less cooler. She took us by the side and scolded us, saying, “This is wrong! We cannot allow this! We do not talk about Hitler at school!”

      And so ended our “Shoot Hitler Peanut for America” water gun game in the Winter of ’95. At least N64 came out the following year.

  • Ted in Topeka

    Okay —- who out there believes the terrorists did not win? We are now so afraid that kids are being expelled for drawing ninjas, soldiers, and Star Wars characters. What is funny is that terrorists use fear to change behavior and cripple a nation. Now, we are doing this to ourselves. Our government has done nothing but use fear to make us give up all our rights and conform. Administrators, like this fool above, are using fear to keep 8 year-olds in line. The terrorists won in 2001. In 12 years, we have not had a terrorist attack from a foreign country. We don’t need terrorists because frankly we are terrorizing ourselves now. It is enough to make me start listening to conspiracy theorists who say our government did 9/11 because frankly, the past 12 years of garbage has not been because of foreign terrorists. It is because of our government and constant fear mongering. Everyone is so pathetically afraid and it all because we are told to be afraid.

  • Schools are Out of Touch

    Last week, two middle school girls had to go to the Supreme Court and explain why they used the word “boobies” on a breast cancer awareness bracelet. Now, we have this nonsense by a school official. I am single and do not have kids, but as a person removed from the school system, it sure seems that many educators, parents, and school officials are completely out of touch with reality. It is like the paranoia of the 1950s. We are afraid of our shadows.

    Does anyone see this too? Or is it me?