Teens Dance With Dead Cats Instead of Dissecting Them in Biology Class (VIDEO)

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A video has surfaced of a Harding Charter Preparatory High School biology class doing a dance routine with dead cats they are supposed to be dissecting. The Oklahoma City school issue an apology for the 2013 incident that was only brought to the public's attention because PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) shared it. It's awful, but as a parent, we need to be understanding when our kids make mistakes.


As a parent, I will admit that if my child was in this video, I would be upset with PETA for releasing it. As a mom, it is my job to protect my job, even when they are doing something awful and wrong. But at the same time, we cannot shoot the messenger.

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This is wrong. And I hope every kid in this video realizes that. I also want to know where the teacher was when this was happening. Was it a moment he or she stepped out of the room? I'm not certain I would step out of a room of teenagers about to dissect dead cats. And what happened to the frogs? When I was a kid, frogs were what we dissecting in biology class. Cats seems too ... personal. (As a cat lover, it's especially distressing.)

Harding Charter Prep's principal Justin Hunt released a statement saying, in part:

We are re-examining our classroom instruction to ensure we meet the high standards to which we hold ourselves. These students made a mistake and they will most likely make other mistakes in their lives. Our hope is  that they are aware of the effect their conduct has had on their fellow students, community, and school, and that they will learn a valuable lesson about how to conduct themselves in the future as responsible adults.

Again, we find the conduct portrayed in the video unacceptable and not something we tolerate. We hope that the measures we are taking will prevent such conduct from ever being repeated. We are looking at ways to better educate our student body in the treatment, respect, and handling of animals, not only in a scientific environment, but also in a real life setting.

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This is a well-thought-out letter -- and necessary. But what if it was your child or children in the video? If one of my kids was in this video ... I'd feel heartbroken that she did something like this. There would be a talk -- one of many on the topic of death and dignity and respect -- and how making videos of this nature can go viral. It's an important topic all kids need to be made aware of and see the potential consequences that can affect them for the rest of their lives in a negative way.

I'd also talk to them about volunteering at an animal shelter to somehow re-pay the karma I would want dismissed from them. Maybe even make them truly realize the seriousness of the situation by having them help a mortician for a day. Maybe that's all extreme -- my kids are 5-year-old twins and we really don't know what we would do in certain situations until we are in them, but I know I'd be very upset and disappointed, and reevaluating everything I've taught them. Because, as parents, don't we always blame ourselves?

How would you handle this situation if your child was in the video?



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