Recently, a teacher told me about a Vet Tech program we have at on of our schools. In effort to helpthe program, this teacher started bringing their new puppy to school for the kids to interact with, give care, and further their ambitions. When checking on the puppy, the teacher noticed that there was no adult in the classroom and the kids were trying to get the puppy to fight another dog also in their care.
Several issues here:
1. Where was the adult? If the teacher of record is gone, there needs to be a sub or the class shouldn't be in that room. This goes double if there are LIVING ANIMALS in the room.
2. Students trying to get dogs to fight is a sign of worse things. Yes, some of our kids parents, siblings, and community members fight dogs. They see them not as companions but property and dumb animals. If it's their animal, sure, I feel bad, but those aren't their animals, they are someone else's. Torturing animals is also a sign of mental instability and psychopathy. Pre-crime at it's finest.
3. THESE KIDS ARE IN THE VET TECH PROGRAM. Is this real life? The kids training to become the next generation of veternarians are trying to make animals fight each other? Shut it down.
I understand that kids are kids. Their brains aren't developed all the way. They are products of their environment. All of that is well and good, but sometimes kids go the extra mile in being horrible and deserve a stern response. I'm a guy that loves his dog. We go to parks, he goes to day care sometimes, the whole 9. Were i one of the many principals this school has had in the past few years, I'd shut the program down and put them under immediate and mandatory counseling.
Some of our students are just damaged in the head. Our schools and districts need to be equipped to handle that.
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