Mum Furious After School Confiscates Daughter’s Drawing Of A Pig And Brands It ‘Inappropriate’

Mum Sierra Carter has slammed a Michigan school after they branded her daughter's drawing of a pig 'inappropriate'.
Credit: @sierraleann30/TikTok

A mum was left furious after her daughter’s school confiscated her drawing of a pig after branding it ‘inappropriate’.

It’s true what they say – kids just do and say the funniest things!

The problem is, sometimes they can do something that seems totally inappropriate, even if they don’t mean to.

Such is the story of one Michigan mum, who was left furious after her daughter’s school reportedly confiscated a drawing of a pig that they believed showed … something else entirely.

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Sierra Carter told local media (via the Daily Star): “I got a call from my daughter’s teacher saying she had drawn something inappropriate in art class.

“The teacher looked at it and said she had to give it to the principal, to get his thoughts on that.

“She told me that when she gave it to him and asked him what his thoughts were, he instantly said to write her up (punish her) for it.

“It’s very clear it’s not what she meant to draw, like, it’s very clearly a bow tie.”

Carter’s daughter had drawn a smiling pink pig, waving and saying ‘hi’.

But there was a problem with the drawing that the school staff in Hanover-Horton School are believed to have taken serious issue with.

The reason was that the bow tie looked a little… phallic.

Sierra Carter
Sierra Carter was outraged by the reaction to the drawing. Credit: @sierraleann30/TikTok

Carter continued on TikTok: “I got a phone call from my daughter’s teacher – she is in fifth grade, she is 11 years old.

“Her teacher told me that my daughter had drawn something inappropriate in the art class and that a little boy had come up to her and made her aware that he thought my daughter drew boy parts on her pig project.

“She went over and asked my daughter for all of her papers… My daughter told her teacher straight away that she drew a bow tie.

“But the teacher proceeded to take all of her papers from her and then she said she had to give my daughter’s project to the vice principal of the school.

“I get there this morning and they take me into a conference room, and I sit down with the teacher and the social worker for the school.

“They hand me her art project that was just ‘so offensive’ and as soon as I look at it, I’m like: ‘Are you fricking kidding me?'”

Carter slammed the school and asked for an apology for the stress this clear misunderstanding had caused for her family – but she isn’t holding her breath.

@sierraleann30 I can’t make this crap up.#bullies #angrymom #kidprojects #bowtie ♬ Collide (sped up) – Justine Skye

The mum claimed: “He asked me ‘Who do you expect to apologise to her?’ that was his response to me.”

The school’s superintendent John Deeney has reportedly agreed to remove the punishment from the record but will apparently keep the incident on file in case of any other offences by the girl.

He also praised the way the school had dealt with the issue, claiming they acted with ‘compassion and discretion’.

Pig drawing.
This is the drawing of a pig that was branded ‘inappropriate’. Credit: @sierraleann30/TikTok

Deeney told Femail: “It is unfortunate that a one-sided narrative has been created on social media that paints our staff in a negative light. As with every situation, there are two sides to this story. In this case, a student appropriately brought concerns to the attention of our staff.

“In response, our staff handled the situation with compassion and discretion. Staff contacted the student’s parents to discuss the situation. No student was singled out or ostracised. Every effort was made to protect the privacy and dignity of all students. Nothing has been placed in any student’s school records related to this matter.”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.