Michael D'Antuono's Art And Response

Parents outraged after students asked to participate in controversial assignment

DAYTON, Nev.  — One Nevada high school is prompting an apology from the school district after parents were upset their children were asked to view a controversial image for a writing assignment.

The painting used for the assignment is entitled, “A Tale of Two Hoodies.” The artist, Michael D’Antuono, claims to be one of the most controversial artist in the world.
Workman believes the teacher was attempting to provoke students to pick a side and make an argument. 

Here is the statement from the Wayne Workman:

“Lyon County School District and Dayton High School Administration would like to offer up our sincerest apology for the picture that was used by a classroom teacher at Dayton High School. We understand the offensive nature of the image and regret that it was used. We are addressing the issue and appreciate the public’s patience and understanding as we deal with this matter. The District has worked diligently to form a positive working relationship with local law enforcement and first responders. Lyon County School District staff and students greatly respect the work and service provided by all law enforcement in keeping our schools and communities safe.”

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  • Elizabeth Clausen

    Dear Mr. D’Antuono,

    I just wanted to reach out to you and personally thank you for your comments on those news broadcast and for posting my story on your wall here! I absolutely love your work and I like to use it in the classroom to promote critical thinking for my kids. Obviously that was accomplished but some parents were not too thrilled. My wonderful students are apparently rallying to support me, I just hope that my administration does as well. Either way, your work is wonderful! Don’t ever stop! And thank you again for your support! You have no idea how much that meant to an art loving teacher such as myself.

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth Clausen
    Dayton High School Social Studies Teacher