What do you think I should do?
I dunno if I’ve posted them before, but these are some of Damien’s drawings that I have scanned into my laptop and saved on disc. There are so many of his artworks that I’ve lost over the years and I don’t ant to lose any more…
So what’s up I hear you ask…?
Well, I had training today and I got home a little before Damien- so instead of me fetching him, his lift dropped him off at our flat. You know, I know my darling child so well it’s scary- and when he walked in the door I could tell something was up even though he hadn’t uttered a word.
I said howdy and asked how his day was. He answered with “Hello” and “Fine”, put his bag down, and parked himself on the couch. Then he disappeared into his bedroom and about an hour later he reappeared and said to me- “I’m not allowed to draw fantasy pictures at school anymore.” He was wearing his “I’m really pissed off” look too. Yes, he has a look.
I frowned at him and asked why? It didn’t make much sense to me…
He told me he had to draw an invitation to a party for Afrikaans. It was a rock party, so he drew a flaming skull with a chain hanging from where the ear would be and an “R” on the chain- for “Rocker”. His Afrikaans teacher tore it up. She actually tore it up! Then she told him it was too, um… how can I put it… er, too evil for her taste. WTF?! If I remember correctly, every boy who can draw- even a little bit- goes through the guns, skulls, cars and tanks phase!!
Then he had to write a letter for Afrikaans. He plays Warhammer- and his army is made up of Chaos Space Marines, which he bought with his birthday money. Then he was told he wasn’t allowed to play Warhammer with the school club- at least not with his own army- because “they’re evil”. I was a little perplexed, because I’ve always been watchful about the things I allow him to play with or watch on TV. But he said he was okay with it and I let it go. And he still plays with friends on weekends. And he still helps make terrain for the school club, which he enjoys immensely. Ooer, I’m getting sidetracked… back to the letter- he wrote to a Chaos Space Marine Daemon Lord. Had I seen it, I woulda suggested he write to someone (something, heh heh) else… but apparently this same teacher tore it up too- and told him it was inappropriate and he had to redo it!
And I know it’s not just me, because Damien asked me to speak to the school and I asked my mommy darling if she thought I may be over reacting (as I’m sure you’ve noticed I have a tendency to do). And take note- I have not yet articulated a swear word or even raised my voice- I’ve counted to ten about 50 times- but so far I am being very composed and playing the part of the mature mom.
Anyhoodle*, he then tells me that for art they had to design a mural. His is graffiti like. It says “Freedom for All”, has a machine gun in a red circle with a stripe through it (like a no-smoking sign) and a couple of smoking bullet “holes” in the drawing. He was working on it during a free period when this same teacher saw it and asked him to go with her to the office, and to take his art book with him. Once in the office, he was lectured at about everything from Satanism to drugs and prayed over for almost an hour!
Now… please remember, loyal bunnies- I am a Christian- and I have mentioned more than once that I am worried about Damien’s Christian education because I left it too late… but his artistic and creative ability is a God given talent- and I like to nurture it. And we have spoken about his chosen subject matter… as much as I love fantasy art I keep an eye on what he’s doing. You all know how he and I talk.
So I’m going to the school to talk to them. I’m going to be calm and collected and remind them how much Damien likes their school and how much he has grown and improved this year. And then I’m going to tell them that as much as I appreciate them caring so much about Damien- I don’t agree with how they’re handling the situation- and I want them to stop doing it.