Crossposted from a list I'm on. ________________________________ > Student skins, cooks Guinea pig in class > > Associated Press > Jan. 21, 2005 07:15 AM > THOMPSON, Ohio - A high school principal promises he's going to give > the living skills curriculum an extreme makeover after a student > skinned and cooked a Guinea pig and a rabbit during class. > > The student, a 16-year-old boy, told the principal, Beto Gage, that he > killed the animals at home before bringing them to Ledgemont High > School. Gage said living skills teacher Diana Stevens lets students > prepare a meal of their choice on Wednesdays. > > Students who didn't want to watch were allowed to go into another > room, Gage said. > > The student had asked Stevens if he could catch and cook a wild rabbit > and she approved, provided he gut the carcass before class, Gage said. > He said the student, whose name was not released, is an active hunter. > > The animals, however, apparently were purchased at a pet store. > > Geauga Humane Society officials and the police said they received > complaints from students and parents, and they are investigating the > incident. > > "Something irrational and wrong happened," said Geauga Humane Officer > Sarah Westman. > > Thompson is about 35 miles northeast of Cleveland. http://www.wpbfnews.com/education/4116220/detail.html Also has a story on it and a poll, when I voted it was 61% said yes the student should be prosecuted, please vote no, polls seem stupid but they do sway public opinion. It is important we make a strong stand that eating rabbit is not animal cruelty. And who cares if it came from a pet store, pet stores also sell feeder animals so what's the difference! The Humane society's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org I recommend people write to them and tell them eating rabbit is not a crime. High school principal Beto Gage email@example.com Tell him please don't change the curriculum because eating rabbit is not a crime and should not be treated as something wrong Geauga County Board of Commissioners write to these people and tell them the humane society should have all powers to conduct cruelty investigations lifted if they are going to charge people with a crime if they eat rabbits E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> Even if you don't live near this place please write. Because if one area adopts this attitude it will spread.