An 8-year-old boy was just following what his teacher told him to do. The 2nd grader was assigned to go outside, look at the clouds, and draw a picture from his imagination of what he saw.
The above photo shows what the boy drew on his paper, and it didn’t take long for school officials to step in and penalize the child.
According to kktv.com,
“Draw a picture of what you see in the clouds from your imagination and that picture is a gun,” explained 8-year-old Kody.
Because it was a gun, the teacher at Talbott Elementary in Widefield called him into the office, and then filed a behavior report. His parents say that’s too much.
“It hurts. It hurts that he was so scared for being penalized for his imagination,” said Kody’s father, Jeff Smith.
“He’s 8 years old. He was doing exactly what he was told to do for the assignment,” said Kody’s mother, Angel Rivers.
The report says Kody showed behavior that is disruptive to the entire learning community. The parents were worried that this would be on his permanent school record. The Widefield School District says it will not be.
D-3 also sent us this statement: “Our primary responsibility as a school district is to ensure safety of all staff, students and community. We exercised an age-appropriate reaction to an incident. The student’s education was never disrupted nor is this incident on the student’s permanent record. Our response was in line with routine procedures focused on school safety.”
Maybe this is a good time to remember a certain picture thaw was drawn by one of our former presidents.