This one is unbelievable. Fifth-grader Jordan Hood was asked to draw a Halloween mask last week at the Pooler Elementary School in Georgia. He did a classic vampire-dripping-blood-with-sharp-teeth picture (see on left). He even wrote “I Kill for Blood,” which is a nice touch. His art teacher thought it was fine and even helped him complete it. However, the picture pushed his homeroom teacher Melissa Pevey off the deep-end of Pooler. She pulled him from class and sent him for psychiatric evaluation. The school even suggested that he might be a member of the Bloods street gang.
What is astonishing is that his Art teacher Lloyd Harold, who appears the only sane person at Pooler, helped the boy shade the sketched eyes to make the image look creepier.
Pevey, however, immediately contacted assistant principal Valerie Johnson and Campus Police. I kid you not. Now, that this point one would expect Valeria Johnson to send Pevey out for psychiatric evaluation. Instead, Johnson and Pevey grabbed the kid with the Halloween mask picture. They said that he might not only be a Bloods gang member but each drop of blood may represent a person that he had killed.
The kid was told that unless he passed the test to show that he was not homicidal — he could not come back to school. That would be eight people before he finished the fifth grade. That rate of carnage would put Jeffrey Dahmer to shame.
Bucky Burnsed, Savannah-Chatham school system spokesman explained: “We live in an age where there is some hypersensitivity. But the child is back in school where he belongs.” Really? Are teachers and assistant principals now allowed to engage in hysteria without penalty or termination?
The school district has two teachers who clearly lack a modicum of judgment or training or, it seems, intellect. Before they are allowed to resume watching over children, isn’t some additional testing and training warranted?
The motto of the school is Super Citizens with Brains in Motion are a Perfect Fit — a curious claim when some members of the teaching staff show little evidence if any cognitive ability at all.
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