An Alabama school district is apologizing after a mother shared that she picked up her son from school and discovered a bullet wound had been painted on his forehead.
What We Know:
- On Tuesday afternoon, seven-year-old Amonn Jackson came home after being painted with special effects makeup during his school’s drama’s class at Phillip’s Academy in Birmingham.
- When Amonn’s mother, Zakiya Milhouse, saw what she belived to be a racially charged and curtly insensitive move by the school and by the faculty, she was furious and took the incident to Facebook to share the photo of her son’s face bullet wound.
- Clearly in distress, Milhouse wrote, “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*** ! I don’t care if it’s Halloween or NOT ! A bullet hole in the head”.
- The teacher and principal called Milhouse to apologize for the incident and assured her that no malice was behind the depiction.
- According to The Shade Room, “The teacher also stated that the only aim in teaching makeup techniques is to help students appreciate and understand the technical elements of performing arts”.
Milhouse is concerned with this issue as others would be. “This actually happens to our Black young men, If you saw this in person, it looked real, this goes far beyond what could be considered reasonable. I had to fill out a permission form to give them permission. A bullet wound, that’s too much.”