What would you do if your child returned home with a bullet wound?
That was the reality for an Alabama mother. In such a trivial time living while black in America a Birmingham second grade teacher thought it would be ok to paint a bullet wound on the forehead of one of her students Amonn Jackson, 7.
The child’s mother, Zakiya Milhouse as any parent was
angry and filled with rage saying “this actually happens to our black young men". Apparently, the fake gunshot wound was drawn onto the boy’s forehead during his drama class in the spirit of Halloween. Milhouse says it looked real and its
inappropriate. The teacher responsible for this teaches drama at the school and has since apologized to the child and his mom, stating in no way was this done maliciously.
According to Milhouse, the principal has also apologized, showing sympathy to her feelings. An agreement was signed by Milhouse that the use of makeup can be used on her child during drama class but of course she didn’t think Amonn would come home looking like a victim of gun violence. School officials says, students were given the option of choosing where they prefer the makeup to be drawn on, Amonn chose his face.
Birmingham City Schools have been made aware of the incident and released a statement that they take issues as such seriously and will not condone the graphic nature of this lesson on special effects and that section of the lesson will be removed from the curriculum.