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4th Graders Asked to Draw Depictions of 9/11 Death and Destruction

By Sunny Chanel |

4th Grader's Depiction of 9/11

Drawling assignments in school are usually pretty tame: a collection of flowers and trees, some fruits and vegetables, or perhaps a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. But not for the fourth graders at Hughey Elementary School in El Paso, Texas; these students were asked to draw depictions of the death and destruction of the terrorists attacks of 9/11. And parents are not happy about it.

According to KDBC, the students were instructed to”draw the boom clouds, the planes hitting the towers, and people jumping out of windows.” The children complied and drew chilling images with speech bubbles that said – as the Huffington Post notes – “help,” “I love you,” and “one way ticket to heaven.”

“That’s something that kids should get in trouble for drawing,” parent Ivie Gremillion said to KFOX-TV. “That’s people being murdered, committing suicide.” The concerned mother added that students said their teacher told them that “the Afghans did this because they hate all of us and want to kill all of us.”

So, not only is the teacher having the children imagine and draw something totally disturbing, but she’s also teaching hate and racism. The school district is looking into the situation, saying:

“EPISD is very concerned about the images that were drawn in response to a lesson on the events of September 11th. District and campus administrators are investigating the specific assignment and are interviewing the personnel involved. We regret the insensitivity that this action may have caused and wish to assure our community that we will act swiftly in this matter and will take any and all appropriate action. We extend our sincere apologies.”

Do you think that these actions are worthy of dismissal of the teacher in question?

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0 thoughts on “4th Graders Asked to Draw Depictions of 9/11 Death and Destruction

  1. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    First, the school should hold a special meeting with all the childern and their parents and APOLOGIZE to them for having them do this inexcuseable assignment. They should also bring in a child therapist who can honestly explain the events of that horrible day without racist tones and have a meaningful dialouge afterward. Then the district should fire this teacher b/c what she did was completely unnecessary, and extremely inappropriate to have ANY students draw the events of the attack on 9/11. What was her REAL purpose in having them do that anyway? After 11yrs, could she not find a way to teach her class about this day? Her lack of sensitivity and common sense is mind blowing as well as being racist.

  2. Linda, T.O.O. says:

    I don’t think the assigment was appropriate, however, that parent’s contention, “That’s something that kids should get in trouble for drawing.” is even more ridiculous. Just stupidity all the way around..

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