Several parents of learners at the Grantleigh private school outside Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal are outraged after artworks of a learner depicting “satanic” images at this Christian boasting school.
Andrew Anderson, pastor, and parent, expressed his shock at the artwork on Monday night after it was exhibited earlier in the day at the school’s annual awards ceremony in the school hall. This video has since spread like wildfire on social media and provoked a widespread negative reaction.
According to Anderson, the learner behind the now controversial artwork was honored for his artwork at this awards ceremony.
Grantleigh is part of the Curro group and specifically states on his website that he upholds Christian values and ethos.
On the face of it, the learner seems to portray Jesus as Ronald McDonald the clown in his artworks. In some of the learner’s drawings, you can see a clown praying for Jesus. In others, Jesus’ belly is torn open with his bowels visible. The Last Supper is also depicted in the exhibition depicting Jesus’ disciples as pigs and goats.
Please see the video below where a parent express his concerns.
The exhibition not only includes drawings but also images made of shredded pages from the Bible.
The works are reminiscent of the controversial artwork entitled “McJesus” in which the Ronald McDonald clown hangs on a cross. This work of art caused a stir earlier this year and was later removed from a museum in Israel.
Anderson says he saw the artworks for the first time yesterday, but some of the artworks have already been exhibited in the school’s foyer. However, it was later removed at the insistence of parents.
The exhibition was set up in the school hall last week and parents have since made several calls to the school, Anderson says.
He goes on to say that an upset parent even took her children out of school about these artworks in the ward. “She refuses to take the children back to school before the artwork is removed, but the school does nothing.
“All three of my daughters were in Grantleigh. Monday was my youngest’s last day in matric at school. I’ve been with the school for years. How can the school allow this? ”Anderson wants to know.
Anderson explains that the images are not misinterpreted as some social media users argue. “You see what you see,” he says.
“It is an absolute mockery of the Christian faith depicted. A fool speaks of mockery. We teach our children to fear and respect God. If we make Him a mockery, we make our faith a mockery and that is what these works of art portray. It’s one mockery after another. “