School artwork draws controversy

NC_artworkcontroversy0225_700x394Goshen, Ky. (WAVE) — A piece of student art is attracting attention on social media and within a Kentucky school district because of its depiction of a police officer aiming a gun at the head of an African-American child.

Oldham County Schools spokeswoman Tracy Green said the drawing was created by a North Oldham High School student during the 2014-15 school year. It was part of an art project that resulted from a discussion about civil unrest in an honors English class.

At the time, police shootings of African-American men and teenage boys in cities such as Chicago and the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri were attracting national attention and heated debate.

Recently, Green said, the teacher of the class included the drawing from last year in a display of several student pieces on the subject of civil unrest to spark a discussion about the 1960 Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which dramatizes the issue of racial inequality.

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