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Published: Dec 19, 2009
Second-Grader & Crucifix (Video) 'Self-Portrait' Draws Concern
by Tashi Singh

An 8-year-old boy from Taunton was sent home from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing Jesus Christ as a stick-figure on the cross, and telling his teacher it was a drawing of himself.

A Massachusetts man says his 8-year-old son was sent home from school because the teacher thought it was too violent.

The Taunton Daily Gazette reported the story on Tuesday.

The second-grader made the drawing on Dec. 2 after the teacher asked children to draw something that reminded them of Christmas.

The child, who had recently visited a shrine with his family and saw depictions of Jesus and the saints, simply drew a picture and placed himself in the image. He placed X's where the eyes would appear, signifying death, just as they do in cartoons, which is what triggered the "violence" concerns.

Chester Johnson, the boy's father, said on WBZ-TV that the teacher became enraged when his son said he drew himself hanging on the cross. According to Johnson, school officials overreacted.

The boy has been cleared to return to school after the evaluation.

A call placed to Taunton Superintendent Julie Hackett was not returned.

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