“I am very proud of the many accomplishments my daughter has made,and this is close to the top.”

LEBANON, Missouri- A parent of a Lebanon High School student is complaining that a painting was removed from display after it was deemed offensive by an administrator and has raised questions of censorship. Missy Burch posted the following detailing her concerns about her daughter’s artwork:

 “I have a senior in Lebanon high school,and she is in an advanced art class. She brought to my attention that her painting that was hung in the student art gallery was taken down due to it being misunderstood and offensive. The project was about who we are. It could have been on the idea of who we are as a person, community, state, etc. She chose to do hers on who we are as Americans. She put her time and effort to express how this country is being, and for a young adult, she got it down pretty right. After completing the project, her art teacher hung it on the student art gallery wall. By the next week, she was pulled aside by her art teacher being told that her art work was apparently offending an administrator.
So, she emailed the administrator who took it down and replaced it with a computer copied picture of the Statue of Liberty, and explained the meaning of her art work. She told him, “When this assignment was brought to me, it was the question of “Who Are We?”. I jumped in head first and made it about our country. It is drowning. I put the Statue of Liberty drowning in deep water to resemble our country going down deeper and deeper. I then put “We The People”. That saying is misinterpreted within this world. We have took that saying, and we have demolished it’s meaning. Between bombing, rioting, racism, rape, and murder, this country is no longer a “We” country. It is everyone for themselves, and sadly it is causing us to forget about the ones losing their lives every day just so that we have a safe home to go to every night. The blood is for the ones who were looked at for just a glance, but then forgot about within a glimpse of something else because of the other things going on in our country. The blood is for the men and women who never got to come home to their families because of the terrible things going on in our communities. The blood is in Loving Memory for the ones who got stepped on when people didn’t care.
This painting was actually lifting up the fallen soldiers and citizens who have been forgot about and not recognized. I wasn’t trying to step on anyone’s toes or hurt anyone’s feelings by this painting at all. It was in no way, shape, or form put on that wall to purposely hurt people. I was asked to do a project of who I thought we are..and as a country, this is who we are. Take it or leave it, but my opinion does matter just as much as the next guy, and I am not going to stand down for what I believe. If this country would learn to love one another, it would be such a better place, but unfortunately it will not change to be that way.. so, my opinion about this country still stands, that we are drowning by the misinterpretation of what “We The People” is supposed to symbolize, and that loving/brave men and women are losing their lives daily because of the terrible things happening to people in this country.” I am very proud of the many accomplishments my daughter has made,and this is close to the top. She couldn’t have said it any better. I feel that this needed to be brought to everyone’s attention.”