Zakiya Milhouse shard this photo of her son last week to express her anger when her 2nd grader came home with a bullet wound painted on his forehead. He told his mother that he was shot.
She posted on Facebook, “So they did this in drama class and my boy said the teacher said it’s like he got shot I don’t like that s**t ! I don’t care if it’s Halloween or NOT ! A bullet hole in the head.”
The Principal called Zakiya to apologize. Meanwhile, the drama teacher didn’t think it was a big deal.
Birmingham City Schools issued a statement in response to the incident, reiterating the mother did sign a permission slip and condemning the graphic nature of the face paint. They claimed there was no ill will intended and that both the teacher and principal called the mother to apologize. The letter also stated that students are asked where they’d like their special effects placed on them and can opt-out of the activity.
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Bianca Goolsby, MBA is a digital strategist and activist who partners with mission-driven organizations to increase their impact through innovative and effective online communications. She also empowers and equips families to curate safe social spaces for themselves and their children.