Mum’s horror as teacher paints fake bullet wound on son’s forehead
A horrified mum has slammed her son's school for painting a bullet wound on his forehead.
Zakiya Milhouse had to do a double-take when she picked up her little boy Amonn Jackson after a drama class at Phillips Academy in Birmingham, Alabama.
As soon as she saw the realistic-looking wound she feared something dreadful had happened to the seven-year-old and demanded answers.
The school has since apologised and said it was part of a lesson on stage, film, and special effects.
But mum Zakiya fumed: “It looked so real in person, that it looked like something happened."
She added to AOL.com : “It was supposed to be a gunshot wound. That’s when I got upset. A gunshot wound.
“This actually happens to our black young men. If you saw it in person, it looked real.”
Zakiya also shared a picture of her son online with the fake makeup to which many others branded it "inappropriate".
She wrote 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*** ! I don’t care if it’s Halloween or NOT ! A bullet hole in the head.”
The principal of the school later phoned Zakiya and apologised.
The mother also spoke to the unnamed drama teacher, adding: “He didn’t think it was a real big deal.
“He said he did paint on different kids, such as black eyes. He said was going to take it out of his lesson plan.”
Zakiya said that while she signed permission forms to allow the teacher to paint on her son, she thought the design was “too much.”
A statement from the school said: "Birmingham City Schools is aware of an image posted by a parent on social media depicting a wound on a student’s head. The student was participating in a theater class unit on stage, film, and special effects.
"The teacher sent permission forms home with students making parents aware of the unit and requesting permission to put makeup on students.
"Students were asked if they would like the makeup on their hands or faces, and this student chose his face. Students are never forced to participate, and they had the option to skip a design."
The school added that there was no malice behind the design and "the only aim in teaching makeup techniques is to help students appreciate and understand the technical elements of performing arts."
They continued: "As a culturally responsive school system, Birmingham City Schools takes issues like this very seriously and does not condone the graphic nature of this lesson on special effects.
"We regret any issues and perceptions this incident may have caused, and this portion of the lesson will be removed from the unit.”
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