I couldn’t make this up if I tried. I wish this was just a headline used as an attention grabber, but it’s not. It actually happened.
First, let’s talk a little bit about this artist. He was an openly gay artist that made graffiti art mainstream, was an outspoken advocate for the gay community, died of AIDS in 1990, and drew several pictures depicting cartoon character-like figures with relatively detailed male genitalia.
Sound like the kind of guy you want your 9-year-old learning about?
So, this teacher decided to show her 9-year-old Wright Elementary School students a video montage of Haring’s artwork on YouTube, which included a few seconds of a drawing of two nude cartoon character-like figures masturbating each other under the words “Safe Sex.” There was also a second picture depicting male genitalia.
Sound like the kind of thing you want your 9-year-old seeing without your knowledge or approval?
I know, some of you are saying, what’s the big deal? It’s cartoon characters, not photos of real people. And it was only on for a few seconds, right?
Well, it was enough to make so much of an impression on the 9-year-olds that one little boy went home and told his mom the teacher showed a video of something “gross.”
I mean, think about it. That’s the type of thing kids at that age are being told they should report to trusted adults. That’s a pretty graphic description of something that kids that age should only know as a “bad touch” if someone does that to them.
The Des Moines Police were notified of the incident and are considering filing charges against the teacher for distributing obscene materials to children.
Perhaps they should hear from members of the community to convince them to hold this “teacher” accountable for her actions.
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