So turns out the Texas Education Code tells public school agriculture teachers to instruct students on animal "harvesting
." One teacher in a small town south of Dallas apparently thinks that calls for a live demonstration and was recently captured on cell phone video telling a junior high student to bash a rabbit to death against a metal pole.
And the student who shot the brief video showing the rabbit-killing was handed a three-day in-school suspension for it, according to the student's mother. As she recently told the Waxahachie Daily Light
, the student was also given no credit for the class that day, which dropped her to a failing grade. The mother tells the paper her daughter eventually had to drop the class.
The mother, who reportedly wants to stay anonymous to protect the identity of any students involved, says school officials only became aware of the video after the father of the student shown killing the rabbit brought it to their attention. She claims it was the teacher of the class who can be heard in the video saying "hit the head" as the girl, a 7th grader, swings the animal against a metal pole. The mother told the Daily Light
that girl's father informed officials because he "thought the assignment was very inhumane, as it is in my eyes, my daughter’s eyes, and, honestly, anyone we have talked to about this incident."
Maypearl Independent School District Superintendent Ritchie Bowling told the Daily Light
that the video captured part of an outdoor education class on survival. He also told the paper that "activities surrounding animal harvesting or dispatching will not be a part of future classes."
reporter Travis Smith posted the video to YouTube last week.
Warning – some might find it pretty disturbing.