A distraught parent at Shawnee High School in Illinois recently contacted PETA after her daughter witnessed the school’s agriculture instructor allow another student to bring a live rabbit to class, bludgeon the rabbit to death, and then skin the rabbit.

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PETA urged the school to investigate and end the use of all live animals in its classrooms and filed an open records request to find out the results of the school’s investigation.  When the school refused to release the records as required by law, PETA filed a complaint with the state attorney general, and the school agreed to turn over the documents. The records revealed that—as a result of complaints from PETA and the concerned parent—the school district investigated, officially reprimanded the teacher, and prohibited the teacher from using live animals in future classes. Success!

How can you help animals used in classrooms? Be sure to sign our pledge never to dissect here, share this video with everyone you know, and start talking to your friends about why it’s wrong to use animals in the classroom before school starts this year.

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