An Arizona couple pulled their two children out of a Scottsdale elementary school last week after the headmaster threatened to expel their 8-year-old for drawing “highly disturbing” pictures of a soldier, a ninja and a “Star Wars” character.
Each of the drawings, meant to be possibilities for the boy’s Halloween costume, show the character holding either a gun or a knife, CBS 5 in Arizona reported.
“In this situation, it’s actually the principal of the school who bullied the parents — so much that we couldn’t even be safe in that environment,” the boy’s father, Jeff, told the station, which did not disclose the family’s last name.
“I think we really send our children the wrong message when we show that, as adults, we’re so afraid of our shadow that an innocent picture — that any 8-year-old might’ve drawn — is cause for this kind of concern,” he added.
The headmaster at Scottsdale Country Day School also reportedly took issue with the boy’s journal, which had a passage about escaping a killer zombie at a haunted school.
In some entries, the 8-year-old wrote about saving the world and wishing he had the ability to stop an atom bomb, CBS 5 reported.
Officials at the school would not comment on the situation, but according to the school’s online handbook, “drawings that depict weapons” are grounds for expulsion.