31 Art Teachers Describe The Most Disturbing Drawing A Student Has Ever Submitted

You can tell a lot about a child by their drawings. Unfortunately for these poor souls from Ask Reddit, sometimes you find out things you didn’t want to know.

14. Shootings and stabbings

“At-risk kindergarten teacher here.

I had a student who, when told to draw an animal, scribbled furiously all over the page with only the red crayon. When I asked her to tell me about it, she told me she would only color with red, “it’s my favorite color because it reminds me of BLOOD.”

Worse yet, I had a student constantly talking about guns and weapons. He would routinely include them in his drawings. Later in the year when I asked about a particularly concerning image he drew of himself with a gun he said he when he was older he was going to get a gun and shoot everyone who made him angry. This was also a student who threatened to stab me, threw a bolt at my head, threw chairs (managed to break a stool once)… And many other things. Mom wouldn’t sign to let the social worker meet with him regularly. Wonder why.” — kbaumgar

15. An axe in the crotch

“I’m not an art teacher but a mental health therapist. I was doing in-home therapy at the time with a 13 year old boy and his family. The therapy was mainly for him and his sister due to his extreme behavioral issues and the accusation that their biological father (not in the home) had sexually abused the four year old daughter. To build rapport, we were coloring and drawing. The boy drew a man with a massive axe in the crotch area. There was blood dripping from the axe and the face was distorted. He told me this was what he wanted to do to his father after hearing of the abuse.” — Jaimass

16. Tanks attacking

“Last year I had a refugee student, he was initially from Iraq then his family had to flee to Turkey before they were able to move to the US. He used to just scream in class so I’d let him calm himself by coloring in a journal. All of his pictures were of tanks shooting people, people shooting at each other and bloody bodies on the floor. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what this kid saw in his short 5 years.” — Hawt4teach

17. Shot dead

“The kids were creating comics. One girl drew a detailed recount of how she and her mom came back from the store to find her dad shot dead. Heartbreaking stuff.” — corban

18. A bloodied hammer

“When I was young I drew disturbing pictures. My elementary school principal told me that ‘in all his years doing what he does he had never faced a problem like me.’ One picture I remember drawing was a dark take on those silly inspirational posters that hang in classrooms. It showed a bloodied hammer sitting on a desk with a dead hand in the corner with the words, ‘No pain, no gain’ written across the top.” — GhostofSalieri

19. Naked and bloody

“One student painted a picture of herself naked, covered in blood with legs spread, staring sinisterly. It was creepy but well done.” — justnodalong


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