Hilariously Opinionated 5-Year-Old Refuses to Color Jayhawk Mascot

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Five-year-old Emma Burton of Olathe, Kansas had a rough day at kindergarten recently. When her mom Julie picked her up that day, Emma's teacher was escorting the little girl from class, because Emma was in full meltdown mode. As the teacher approached Emma's mom, she angrily explained the situation:

"Emma would not color this Jayhawk today with the rest of her class. She told me she does not like KU and her family likes K-State. She asked me for a K-State picture instead but I told her this was her only option. She took the paper, crumpled it up, and threw in the trash can."

Julie Burton's reaction to Emma's willful disobedience in the face of her teacher's wrath? She laughed. Ah, a mom after my own heart.

Apparently Emma's class was given the assignment of coloring in a Jayhawk, the mascot of the University of Kansas, as part of an overall celebration of the state of Kansas. When Emma refused, her teacher told her that the assignment had nothing to do with school allegiances, and that Emma could throw the drawing in the trash when she got home.

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In response, Emma asked for a Powercat—the mascot of Kansas State. When Burton was told there weren't any Powercats to color, she threw the Jayhawk in the trash. Emma explained that not only was she uninterested in coloring the Jayhawk, throwing it in the trash at her home wasn't an option ... because she wouldn't bring a Jayhawk in the house.


Julie was left with the dilemma on how to handle things with Emma, saying,

I ended up telling her that Scott and I were not mad at her. She would not receive a punishment from us. We were actually proud she fought for her school and did not back down. BUT, she could have handled herself a little differently with her teacher. She did not need to cause a scene by destroying the Jayhawk page by throwing it away. She did not need to have a meltdown and refuse to carry any of her belongings outside. I asked if she would please color the jayhawk, just for her teacher, and be done with it.

Personally, I think Julie came up with the perfect solution. No one wants to hear that their kid got in trouble for defying the teacher's assignment, but it was also a pretty lame assignment. The teacher may have said it was about Kansas in general rather than one specific university, but, well, come on. It's a school mascot. And frankly, I think it's great that little Emma felt strongly enough about her parents' alma mater to stand up for what she believed in.

Emma did color the Jayhawk that night and presented it to her teacher the next day along with this fantastic Powercat-themed apology note:



So, if you're thinking that Kansas State is in LOVE with this kid after hearing about the story—which Emma's mom Julie detailed on her blog—you'd be right. She was recently honored during the Kansas-Kansas State game as the school's fan of the game, and the Kansas State president reportedly wrote her a letter to jokingly offer her a scholarship for 2025.


Yeah, I'd keep that "joking" letter if I were Emma's parents. Although something tells me Emma Burton's got a pretty bright future wherever she chooses to go to school.


What do you think about this story? Would you have supported your kid if they did something like this?



Image courtesy of Julie at Bug Bytes

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dirti... dirtiekittie

kudos to this mom!!!! she taught her daughter loyalty, the courage and wisdom to stand up for herself, and then even let her in on the little secret that sometimes we have to play nice to get ahead. this little girl is adorable and i'd be proud of my kiddo too!


(but seriously - keep the scholarship letter. lol)

the4m... the4mutts

I think the kid was being a brat. I would never let my child defy a class assignment that wasn't honestly offensive. There are lots of times in life when she'll get an assignment that she doesn't like. She should speak to her mother and mutually decide with teachers if this is something the kid can skip doing due to "family morals" or if she needs to suck it up, and color the damn picture.

starl... starlight1968

'the4mutts' calm down a little... she is just learning so this was a good opportunity for teaching..I think the teacher dropped the ball by NOT having both. 

nonmember avatar Emme

Yes, dirtiekittie, but it's blind loyalty. Parents have incredible influence over their children and lots of children grow up saying stuff, doing stuff and believing stuff because of their parents. During the past election, which was when I was first old enough to vote, I discovered that a lot of my friends were politically ignorant. Everything they thought about politics was regurgitated from their parents. There was even a poll that showed how the youth population votes and an overwhelming percent said they just vote how their parents vote.

When I have a child, I want them to be loyal, but I want them to be intelligent and free-thinking too. I don't want them to believe what I believe just because I believe it.

dirti... dirtiekittie

@the4mutts - i'd almost agree with you, except that i don't think you have to pick just ONE state school mascot to represent a whole state. i remember doing those kinds of things in school, and it was usually the state flower, the state bird, the state mascot (not a school's) and the like. had the girl been a little older than kindergarten, maybe they could have had a discussion about why both mascots were worthy of learning, and not just one. instead, it was a 5 year old expressing herself the best way she knew how.

lovin... lovinallofthem

GOOD FOR HER ANNNNNND her family!!!


stand up for yourself! why couldnt the teacher GET a pic of themascot ?? internet?? HELLO??@??@?@


ridiculous. im with the mom.. schools already have our kids all messed up with crap that has NO bearing on actual EDUCATION... this is just a PERFECT example of it.  i agree with starlight1968: teacher dropped a HUGE ball not having both available.  its kindergarten for Crud Sakes!!

nonmember avatar qwerty

Ha! Go Emma! I don't care about sports at all, but this nutty "fan" nonsense has no place in schools anyway, and then certainly not only for a specific team. How about a little less coloring and a lot more reading and math!!!

the4m... the4mutts

Yah, a good oportunity to learn to not snark off to your teacher. Its a sport icon. Its not important. She could have learned about that school and icon inestead of throwing her work in the trash.

I have 2school aged children.

Neither of them would DREAM of tossing out their schoolwork. They may not always agree with their teachers, but they respect them. Yes, even my 5 yr old.

Aside from when my son broke his arm at school, neither of them have ever cried at school.

Teaching kids to take things soooo seriously that they cry over coloring a picture? That's going to make for one angry, anal adult.

the4m... the4mutts

This crap is part of why todays kids are so entitled, angry, and self centered.

The poster above me: you're right, its KINDERGARTEN for cruds sake! She has no reason to be so freaked out over having the "wrong" picture to color. She's too old to have those fits.

nonmember avatar JustMe

the4mutts Qoute: "There are lots of times in life when she'll get an assignment that she doesn't like. She should speak to her mother and mutually decide with teachers if this is something the kid can skip doing due to "family morals" or if she needs to suck it up, and color the damn picture."

As far as I can tell this is what her mom was teaching her (and at 5 she in just now in a position to learn about school assignments). The Mom undestood what her daughter was saying AND she taught her it is good to stand up for yourself BUT she ALSO taught her (Quote): "she could have handled herself a little differently with her teacher. She did not need to cause a scene by destroying the Jayhawk page by throwing it away. She did not need to have a meltdown and refuse to carry any of her belongings outside. I asked if she would please color the jayhawk, just for her teacher, and be done with it"

So she SHOULDN'T have a meltdown, she SHOULDN'T cause a scene or refuse to do as she is asked (carry her belongings) AND she had her color the picture and issue an apology.... so what is the issue? Should she be taught blind obedience OR should she learn to pick her battles AND learn how to fight them appropriately? I'm not trying to argue I just don't understand your response...

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