MPS responds to art class drawings of Gov. Walker as 'devil'

CREATED Jun 7, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Public Schools District says that student artwork depicting images of Govenor Scott Walker as the devil was "against district policy" and that they would take appropriate actions

Students at Lancaster Elementary School created the pictures.

The following is the entirety of the MPS statement:

"A preliminary investigation indicates the questionable pieces were a small portion of a larger class assignment. The teacher wanted students to create persuasive or argumentative advertising illustrations.

"The political content of the four pieces in question should have disqualified them from being displayed. It is against District policy to display any political material or conduct political activism in schools.

"We are sorry this happened. The inappropriate pieces were taken down as soon as they came to our attention. We wish someone had alerted us sooner. The on-going district investigation involves a personnel matter. The appropriate actions will be taken."

Parents TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz spoke to say that politics don't belong in grade school.

"I don't think that should be taught in the schools or be brought up as something that the kids should get into," said Dan Rouse.  "They really don't understand government yet."

"I think children are going to be children, and a lot of it's got to do with what they've heard from grown folk," explained Rhonda Burrell.

"I would wonder about that teacher."

It's still unclear whether anyone will face punishment for the pictures.