Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Child Slavery in Pakistan

Surviving the Walk to SchooLA look at the dangers children face everyday just to get an education in the U.S.

JMC Ministries Response
Written by Miranda Caverley

A few days ago we posted a video that is related to this story by CNN entitled
Teen Violence is an everyday reality and serious problem in America along with a response.  CNN is doing a series of videos on the topic of youth on youth violence centering on Chicago Illinois.  We will be sharing these videos as they become available. In the hope that we can get the word out on what the children in the U.S are facing everyday in some of our communities.  This is a crisis that can not be ignored any longer if we want to secure a future for our future generations. 

UPDATE on 2rd Grader sent home from school for Drawing Picture of Jesus

 Read original article about this topic from Eternal Flame News

TAUNTON, Mass. —  A Massachusetts school district on Tuesday night denied a father's claims that his son was suspended for drawing a stick figure of Jesus on a cross.
The Taunton School District said in a written statement that the second-grade student was never suspended over the sketch and that a drawing circulated to reporters by the boy's father, Chester Johnson, is not the same one that was discovered by the teacher.
The district also denied that the boy and his classmates had been assigned to draw something that reminded them of Christmas or any other religious holiday.
Johnson, who had said his son was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after the drawing was discovered, did not return multiple phone messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday night about the school district's statements.
"This incident occurred nearly two weeks ago, it was handled appropriately, and the school staff and family had been working together in a cooperative and positive manner," the district said in a statement posted on its Web site.
School officials did not specify any action they took, but said they followed "well-established protocol," including reviewing the child's records and consulting with school psychologists.

Click to read Article from Fox News 

JMC Ministries Response
Written By Miranda Caverley

As more information about this incident comes in we will be reporting about it.  It seems that this is a really big mess that the school and the parents of the child are in.  Both sides giving totally different stories.  The school now even denying that the teacher ever gave the assignment to draw a picture about Christmas. With the school also saying the little boy told the teacher, that it was him on the cross and not Jesus. Now the school is saying the picture released of what the boy drew is NOT the picture he drew in school.  

So we must ask ourselves,  who we are to believe? The bible says "The Truth Shall Set You Free" and sooner or later the truth will come out.  But the facts are, the little boy did draw a picture of Jesus, The School had some kind of meeting with the boy and the parents about what the boy had drawn, and the child is attending school and is not currently suspended.

As Christians we must pray for this child and everyone involved in hope that the issue can be resolved, and that if this child or any child should draw a picture of Jesus that they not be disciplined to this effect.


3rd Grader Told Not Allowed to Read Bible in school

MYFOXNY.COM EXCLUSIVE - A teacher at the Madison Park Elementary School in Old Bridge, N.J., told a 3rd grader that the Bible was not appropriate reading material for quiet time, and ordered the girl to put the book away, according to the girl's parents.
Now the principal is apologizing, saying that the teacher made a mistake and that school policy absolutely does allow children to read the Bible or any other religious book during quiet reading time.
Michelle Jordat says her daughter, Mariah, cried when the teacher told her to put away the Bible. Jordat says her daughter's feelings were hurt and she was confused.
"This was injustice," Jordat says. "No other child has to go through this again."
Jordat accepted the principal's apology, but wants something in writing stating that reading the Bible is OK during personal reading time. She also says she will speak to a lawyer.
The Old Bridge Board of Education held a meeting Tuesday evening and addressed the issue for concerned parents.

JMC Ministries Response
Written by Miranda Caverley

We are thankful that the school acknowledged that the teacher was wrong in the actions she took against the little girl. We also hope that the school has some kind of meeting with the teacher, on how she is running her class so that this incident doesn't happen again to any child in that school. 

It seems a lot of times people want to make up their own rules and enforce them on the innocent, or those who may not know their rights. Thankfully there are those out there still willing to stand up for those rights that we are entitled to .her in the U.S.