An unnamed Taunton elementary school student was subjected to suspension and a mandatory psychiatric evaluation after drawing a picture of Jesus hanging dead on a cross for a school assignment.
The 8-year-old special needs student drew the picture after receiving instructions to create "something that reminded them of Christmas." The image, with the boy's name written above a crucified Jesus with x's for eyes, was considered violent.
After evaluation, the boy was declared a non-threat and allowed to return to class. The boy has since been approved for transfer to another school in the district, citing the trauma of the experience and the difficulty of returning as justification.