Cop father outraged at painting displayed at daughter's school that 'likens a white cop pointing a gun at a black boy to a Ku Klux Klan member' A police officer father is outraged after his daughter's school presented a painting of a white cop pointing a gun at an African American man, next a picture of a Ku Klux Klan member, saying it will inspire 'future cop haters'. Dave Hamblin, from Kentucky, said the painting - which was made by a student - contributes to the 'hatred filled propaganda' he says is being generated in the United States right now. One half of the painting shows a Ku Klux Klan member with a gun poised at an African American man in front of the confederate flag with the heading '1930', while the other half shows a white cop pointing a gun at a young African American boy, with the heading '2015' in front of the U.S. flag. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/02/26/21/3197DFB400000578-3466232-image-a-44_1456521278508.jpg +5 Controversial: The painting made by a student has sparked a row between North Oldham High School in Kentucky and the cop father of one of their students. David Hamblin said the painting will inspire 'future cop haters' Video courtesy WAVE3 The painting was part of a school project inspired by the racial violence depicted in Harper Lee's book, To Kill a Mockingbird and, according to a teacher, was a good example how 'racial violence has evolved'. When Hamblin initially requested for the painting to be taken down, he was refused after North Oldham High School said it was an 'appropriate form of discourse and educationally noteworthy'. The officer then posted the picture on Facebook, along with a long complaint which included the words: 'We speak of tolerance, we speak of changing hostile environments, we speak of prejudice, and we speak of racial relations, yet, when it comes to hostility toward police, their families, and profiling them through bigotry we are expected to tolerate it. 'I will not, nor will my child.' The post has since been shared nearly 6,000 times and has sparked a well-worn debate on social media. http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/02/26/21/3197DFB900000578-3466232-image-a-46_1456521299874.jpg +5 But the school initially refused to take the painting down, saying: 'We believe that our role as educators is to prepare our kids for the world beyond the classroom' http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/02/26/21/3198101600000578-3466232-image-a-47_1456522421526.jpg +5 The issue has sparked a well worn debate on social media after the picture was shared nearly 6,000 times http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/02/26/21/3198101D00000578-3466232-image-m-54_1456522499713.jpg Some responses supported officer Hamlin's complaint, saying that the painting was offensive http://i.***************/i/pix/2016/02/26/21/3198102900000578-3466232-image-m-52_1456522473839.jpg A more neutral response called for both sides of the argument to have a conversation about what is an extremely divisive topic One user said: 'I think the school board should fire the teacher and principal of the school. Its a terrible portrayal of police officers and only add to the war that young people have waged on police and firemen.' While another said: 'Why do black people not have a right to speak out against police brutality? How is that an attack on the police?' Speaking to WLKY, Tracy Green, communications director for Oldham County Schools said: 'We believe that our role as educators is to prepare our kids for the world beyond the classroom, and sometimes things are going to be controversial. 'They're pictures about social injustice, so I would assume they're a little offensive to a lot of people, because we're talking about a controversial issue. 'We support what [officers] do every day and we're so thankful for everything they do to keep our students safe, but we also hope that they understand the dialogue that we're trying to have in the classroom to prepare these kids for the world outside of school.' Racial tensions: White officer Nathan Blanford shot dead 35-year-old African American Deng Menyoun in June last year after he allegedly swung a flag pole at him Hospital: The man was transferred to University of Louisville Hospital, where he died from his injuries But Hamblin remained concerned about the painting's impact on officer safety. He said: '[My daughter] fears for my safety every day, and believes me to be a man of honesty and courage. 'She is proud to say I am her father and tells others what I do for a living.' 'What this propaganda creates, are future cop haters, which endanger me, and 800,000 other courageous protectors.' The ********** has learned that the picture has now been taken down but attempts to get a comment about the school's decision behind its removal, have so far been unsuccessful. In June last year, the debate over officers' use of deadly force and the simmering racial tension between the police and the communities they serve was reignited, after a Kentucky officer shot dead 35-year-old African American Deng Menyoun after he allegedly swung a flag pole at him.