Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Boy Suspended For Sketch That Kinda Looks Like Gun

Imaginary doodle or sign of insane violence? Maybe it's a teacher and principal who are already far too stressed out to remain in the public school system.

An East Valley eighth-grader was suspended this week after he turned in homework with a sketch that school officials said resembled a gun and posed a threat to his classmates.

"Chandler district spokesman Terry Locke said the school is not allowed to discuss students’ discipline records. However, he said the sketch was “absolutely considered a threat,” and threatening words or pictures are punished.

"The school did not contact police about the threat and did not provide counseling or an evaluation to the boy to determine if he intended the drawing as a threat.

"The sketch was one of several drawings scratched in the margins of a science assignment that was turned in on Friday. The boy said he never meant for the picture to be seen as a threat. He said he was just drawing because he finished an assignment early."

Full story here.


  1. oxymoron10:38 PM

    He's lucky. If the drawing had phallic overtones, he would have been in the justice system for the next 50 years.

  2. badger9:16 AM

    oh, you've got to be joking! drawing, the new gateway to violence. gee whiz

  3. Litle boys have been drawing 'war scenes' since Adam was kicked out of Eden. For the love of pete.. let the boy go.

  4. Oh yes Badger, drawing is the gateway... to becoming A LIBERAL. It starts with drawing, which leads to fine art, which leads to drinking cheap wine at art galleries, and the next thing you know you are hemp sandal-wearing hippie!

  5. These teachers need their heads examined. People who are that paranoid should not be allowed near children.