Boy’s class project featuring ‘angel’ sibling rejected by teacher

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PARMA, Ohio - When asked about your life, many things may come to mind.

Very often, people will mention their family when speaking about themselves.

Recently, 7-year-old Nicholas Millsaps was given an assignment in his second-grade class to create a list of his favorite things.

However, the project was denied by his teacher at Old Brooklyn Constellation Elementary because of a photo of his family.

"The teacher then told him that she was not going to allow him to have that picture there. That he had to redo it," said Cassandra Hess, Nicholas' mother.

The photo shows Nicholas, his mother, his stepfather and his brother Noah.

His family says Noah was born an angel and was stillborn.

"He was stillborn at 36 weeks. The cord was wrapped around him four times and his heart had stopped. By the time we caught it, it was too late," Hess told WJW.

When she learned about the teacher's decision to deny Nicholas' project, she was stunned.

However, school leaders agree with the teacher's decision.

"Given the age of the children in the class, we do not believe the subject of the photograph was appropriate. This decision was made in consideration of the best interests of all students in the class. I fully support the decision of the teacher," Cherie Kaiser, the school's principal, told WJW.

Hess says the project will remain as it is.

"If they want to grade him lower, then they can grade him lower because I refuse to make him feel as if he cannot be proud of his brother," she said.

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