Bloody Vampire Pic Sparks Panic At School

By: AP
By: AP

(AP) When Pooler fifth-grader Jordan Hood drew a bloody vampire in art class, it scared a teacher so much she reported him to the principal and campus police.

Homeroom teacher Melissa Pevey said drops of blood dripping down the vampire's face looked a lot like gang-related teardrop tattoos. And she said the words "I Kill For Blood," written in red next to the vampire's face, could be tied to the Los Angeles street gang, The Bloods.

"The school system resolved the Tuesday incident by requiring Jordan to undergo psychological testing the next morning and then returning to class in the afternoon.

The boy's mother, LaKisha Hood, told the Savannah Morning News she was shocked the picture exploded into a gang investigation.

"They told me the droplets could actually be a gang symbol for the number of people he killed," she said.

School system spokesman Bucky Burnsed said teachers are told to watch for anything that could harm students and some have received gang identification training.

Jordan's mother, however, is dismayed over the school's reaction.

"He didn't know anything about gang symbols until the teacher accused him. We moved to Pooler thinking he'd be in a more diverse school with better opportunities," she told the newspaper.

"And so far, it hasn't been a pleasant experience."

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