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?