What if it had been the other way around?

Tongue Tied: Dangerous Drawings


A 14-year-old student in New Jersey was suspended from school for five days for drawing a stick figure of a U.S. Marine shooting a Taliban fighter

according to the New York Post (which includes a pic of the drawing).

He’s been punished for the drawing,” said Tinton Falls school superintendent Leonard Kelpsh. “We felt it was highly inappropriate, and we took it very seriously.”

Earlier, some other students drew a picture that was “very Columbine-ish”. And school officials think that the picture might contain a reference to another student.

But a local psychologist who examined the teenager said the sketch was benign.

“I don’t attribute pathological significance to it,” said Dr. Gloria Tillman, a psychologist who treated the boy for ADD.

“I have to wonder what is expected of our children today when 1) our country is at war and 2) both his father and stepfather are out fighting the war.”

Scott’s mother said school officials described the drawing as “not the work of a normal mind.”

Well, folks, I guess that depends upon your definition of “normal.” If, by “normal”, you mean cookie-cutter citizen/consumers with good credit and a willingness to spend, well maybe Mr. Switzer doesn’t fit the bill.

The boy, who has both a father and a step-father fighting in the war, might just be thinking of THEM, too. This sort of reminds me of a scene in The Sixth Sense

Cole: We were supposed to draw a picture, anything we wanted. I drew a man who got hurt in the neck by another man with a screwdriver.

Malcolm: You saw that on TV, Cole?

Cole: Everyone got upset. They had a meeting. Mom started crying. I don’t draw like that any more.

Malcolm: How do you draw now?

Cole: Draw… people smiling, dogs running, rainbows. They don’t have meetings about rainbows.

No meetings about rainbows. Indeed. Just draw what everyone else is drawing, and you’re “normal.”

At least he didn’t draw a US flag with the words “God Bless America” or anything really crazy like that.


  1. No, I’m not. CNN had such a picture on it’s website a few weeks ago that was made up allegedly by the White House. ***