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Teacher Disciplined for Talking About Meat Industry

Written by PETA | September 7, 2007

Dave Warwak, an art teacher at Fox River Grove Middle School in Illinois (and, if I’m not mistaken, a regular commenter on this here blog), has been dismissed from his classroom by the school after teaching his students about factory farming and the other forms of animal abuse that made him go vegan. Apparently, the school’s principal ordered Warwak to leave the classroom after he showed his students photos of animals in factory farms and gave them the book The Food Revolution by Pulitzer Prize-nominated author John Robbins.

Let me go over that again, real quick. An Illinois principal just kicked out a teacher for talking to his students about veganism. Does that disturb anyone else as much as it does me? You can read PETA’s letter to the school here. Unbelievable.

In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight, Dave. We’re all 100 percent behind you.

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  • Warwak says:

    Spread the news Pink Floyd was trying to tell us long ago. httpinslide.comfloydveganamerica

  • Dorieta Rogers says:

    Teachers that speak out and help their students learn of the problems of the world they live in so at an early age they can learn to be caring and involved citizens. Such teachers should be lauded and held in high esteem. This certainly reflects as backward and primitive thinking on the part of the administration and the school board!!

  • Warwak says:

    Vegan America Revolt! Date 092007 Writer Karen West Seems we have revolution here in America erupting under our noses and there is not much we can do about it. This revolution pits compassionate children against their uncaring parents. The revolution even has a name Vegan America Revolt! The revolution was born from incidents surrounding Dave Warwak and his persistent attempts to teach Humane Education at Fox River Grove Middle School. Warwak said I cant understand why they are fighting so hard against something so good. The World is behind us and prepared to help. There is every reason in the world for the school to go vegan and not one single reason to do otherwise PETAs Vice President Bruce Friedberg is offering to help Fox River Grove Middle School with its transition to a vegan diet We’ll pay for food for a week get vegan chefs in to help and consult whatever. The Chicago Animal Rights Meetup Group Mercy for Animals and other groups around the world are prepared to step in and help Fox River Grove Middle School become the first vegan public school in America. The CARMG is embarking on a campaign to educate the youth of America. The groups president Shalesh Kumbhat and Warwak are very enthusiastic about the groups new focus. The campaign consists of passing out small business cards to children wherever they may be. Thanks to Kumbhats efforts and his extensive connections animal rights groups vegetarians vegans and humane educators all over the world will be passing out business cards to children wherever they may be. Warwak said Groups are hitting the streets during times when children are most likely to be out and about. Groups are already planning on a full force presence on Halloween. Even vegans who stay home will be passing out vegan candies accompanied by a message of love. Warwak then said So far today I passed out 34 cards! The business cards front reads Remember the Santa Claus lie? One lie is so bad some people prefer to keep it hidden. So hidden some never find out! Do you want to live a lie? The back reads Go to your favorite search engine. Lookup Factory Farming Lookup Vegan Naming a rock a banana does not make it food Source httpinslide.comrespect

  • Warwak says:

    Seems we have revolution here in America erupting under our noses and there is not much we can do about it. This revolution pits compassionate children against their uncaring parents. The revolution even has a name Vegan America Revolt! The revolution was born from incidents surrounding Dave Warwak and his persistent attempts to teach Humane Education at Fox River Grove Middle School. Warwak said I cant understand why they are fighting so hard against something so good. The World is behind us and prepared to help. There is every reason in the world for the school to go vegan and not one single reason to do otherwise PETAs Vice President Bruce Friedberg is offering to help Fox River Grove Middle School with its transition to a vegan diet We’ll pay for food for a week get vegan chefs in to help and consult whatever. The Chicago Animal Rights Meetup Group Mercy for Animals and other groups around the world are prepared to step in and help Fox River Grove Middle School become the first vegan public school in America. The CARMG is embarking on a campaign to educate the youth of America. The groups president Shalesh Kumbhat and Warwak are very enthusiastic about the groups new focus. The campaign consists of passing out small business cards to children wherever they may be. Thanks to Kumbhats efforts and his extensive connections animal rights groups vegetarians vegans and humane educators all over the world will be passing out business cards to children wherever they may be. Warwak said Groups are hitting the streets during times when children are most likely to be out and about. Groups are already planning on a full force presence on Halloween. Even vegans who stay home will be passing out vegan candies accompanied by a message of love. Warwak then went on to say So far today I passed out 34 cards! The business cards front reads Remember the Santa Claus lie? One lie is so big some people prefer to keep it hidden. So hidden some never find out! Do you want to live a lie? The back reads Go to your favorite search engine. Lookup Factory Farming Lookup Vegan Naming a rock a banana does not make it food

  • Bob says:

    I just want to say this. Teachers have been fired for talking about Religion. Pushing you personal views about meat to students who have no choice but to listen should get you fired as well.

  • Ham Entree says:

    We’re not all behind this “teacher”. What does pictures of factory farming have to do with teaching art? This moron is typical of the reasons our kids are falling behind the learning curve. I hope they suspend him to teach him a lesson and then let him return if he’s a good art teacher.

  • Warwak says:

    Vegan America Revolt! Tell Our Children the Truth The Chicago Animal Rights Meetup Group is leading the way on a campaign that will shift focus towards Educating Children about the Truth about our World. Vegans and other Animals Rights organizations all around the World are quickly hopping on board with this revolutionary approach to the issue Tell Our Children the Truth. This is the same revolution for our Friends but with a new approach which focuses on the transmission of Society i.e. Children. The Adult MeatEaters in the World no longer have a choice in this matter. This Revolution belongs to the Children. The Children of today are smart and want a better World. They are tired of your way and do not want war starvation pollution death and destruction. They want and deserve a healthy and loving World. Just ask you will see. Go off in the corner with your Roast Beef sandwich while we build a better World. They want the future and they want it now. Because the Adults in charge want to hide this information from them it is the duty of each and every Vegan and Animal Rights Activist in the World to let the Children around them know the truth. It can be as simple as a business card that you slip to Children whenever and wherever you see them. On one side it reads Want to know a secret? And on the other side it reads Do an internet search about Factory Farming and Vegan Children deserve the truth especially when it affects their lives and World directly. What are you afraid of that they will make a better decision? Oh I am sorry you know best NOT! The Children of today are not afraid of Change. Stop the Silence and Tell Our Children The Truth. VEGAN AMERICA REVOLT! httpinslide.comrespect

  • Anonymous says:

    alot of people dont think that eating nothing but veggies is good for you if you have to take suplements. and alot of people dont live taking pills nomatter what it is for unfortanetly they will keep eating meat

  • Terasi. says:

    That’s terrible. No one should be punnished for speaking the truth. I’m sorry that happened. It’s just not right. Shakes head in disgust

  • Marjorie Hass says:

    I cannot believe that a teacher would be dismissed because of telling the truth. What happened to free speech in this country? Students need to hear both sides of a question then make up their own mind for themselves. This teacher definitely needs to file a lawsuit on this matter.

  • Gina says:

    That is sooo against civil liberties! Get this I am on school council at my school and for comic relief I suggested a veggie week in the canteen for sponsor money. Guess what bull the teacher came out with? “No cos some people might not like vegetables!” Doesn’t stop em taking chips off the menu does it? And chips are healthier than meat! Schools are for learning facts not corrupt government propaganda! Don’t ya just love that word?! Propaganda!

  • Anonymous says:

    diane your kid is in an ag class thats what they teach also alot of people see factory farming as a source of food not cruelty they think of cock fighting or dog fighting as cruel it as seen as if it is for food it is not cruel. also schools dont go around shoving meat down throats do they no so why force veggies you push people away remember you can attract more flies with honey than vinager

  • Robin Vogler says:

    Truth is truth exposing the dark horror behind factory farming is the only way to educate the public. As usual we look to the next generation to right the wrongs of the current. I support the teaching of truth no matter how unsettling. I am a food service manager in Montana provide vegetarian options daily to our staff students.It’s an uphill battle when one considers that the USDA determines that tofu is a noncreditable food source for school children. Fight the good fight.

  • Warwak says:

    press release my beliefs do what you wish with them in print or fire editorial at your disposal Vegan America People people people please settle down take a break go read up on Vegan or Humane Education or Factory Farming then please come back in a few hours and leave your Ignorance at the door and stay on topic with real knowledge of both sides. I know your side well. Remember I am a product of your World. I was a Fishing Guide and on Atkins so I understand how we grow up to believe certain things. Those Milk Mustache posters hanging in a place that stands for truth is a crime when we know otherwise. This is where Hereditary Ignorance remains alive. It is killing us. Be honest and change for our Children. I think the average American would be appauled to find out what goes on in those sheds in the distance. You are busted FACTORY FARMING THE GIG IS UP WE ARE SICK OF IT! Where is the love and compassion in people? Have we become so hardened and disconnected that we are willing to just die off. I KNOW THE CHILDREN WANT A BETTER WORLD JUST AS I DID AND STILL DO DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN I want everyone who knows of Factory Farming to go to your nearest mountaintop and scream out at the top of your lungs FACTORY FARMING so loud in hopes the Children will hear you. I want them to hear. They still have sense and can see how wrong it really is. Children understand. Stop hiding it from them. Do you want your Children growing up in a confused World full of death destruction violence and hate? What we do to our friends the Animals really does come back to us. Cant you see it? WAKE UP! Everyone wants to make this about me losing my job. I keep saying this is not about my views or beliefs but no one hears me. It is about how they are running things. I can not participate in their broken system and they are mad. You really should not fire or hurt a person for being loving caring and compassionate especially with the whole World watching. If everyone really wants to make this about me and my beliefs and if everyone insists on ignoring the mountain of scientific data that screams VeganHumane Education. Here you go my beliefs do what you wish with them in print or fire … Isn’t it funny how I link to misinformation I want everyone to know both sides just to show you the forces at work to keep you brainwashed WAKEUP PEOPLE You wont see any of them linking to my site. There was an editorial printed by a mindless sheep who cut and paste things they never really researched that are just dead wrong! Such nonsense IS THIS 2007? I know Ignorance hates to read and especially hates to admit they might be wrong. This is how the HEREDITARY IGNORANCE CONTINUES WAKE UP! We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thingoriented” society to a “personoriented” society. When machines and computers profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people the giant triplets of racism materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered Martin Luther King Jr. The Milk and Dairy Industry in grand concert with the Government getting their hold in Schools brainwashed us in childhood just as they did our parents and theirs and now our very own Children. Why do we fight so hard for them to continue such an evil legacy? The only reason this poisonous garbage is still in school is because our loving Government stepped in and offered the free and reduced lunch program nothing is free and believe me we pay. If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny Thomas Jefferson Lazy ignorance hates work and change. Lazy ignorance only changes when it is forced to change. Our ever so loving Meat and Dairy Industries in joyous harmony with our beautiful Government know this and have placed their wonderful killing machine in place with all its wondrous safeguards. These same loving people try to unload this horrificsleuth they call food on other countries. Europe will not even consider it. So we call it surplus and it sits around and sits around. And so it goes generously rammed down our innocent and ever so trusting Childrens mouths. Records paperwork and a few too many sick Children and our loving friends have a recall of millions of pounds of ground Animals only to find most has been already consumed or Lazy Ignorance neglects to find Recall Info and it is eaten later a few thousand pounds in all actuality is returned which our loving friends then feed back to the Animals turning them from herbivore to cannibal your Child will eat later. And still we fight to keep it in our Childrens schools. WOW HEREDITARY IGNORANCE IS STRONG! Selling out our own Children and the fate of the Human Race. This is not just about diet. Don’t believe everything you see. The world is an illusion. Wake up. There are many things all around us made from animals that we never notice. We’re so disconnected we don’t even notice this right in front of our face three times a day. When we open our circle of compassion to all we grow as a people and our treatment of each other and others improves. It really is about peace love and compassion for all. How many more school shootings until we wakeup? Humane EducationVeganismVEGAN AMERICA is the answer. When we look into the Ancients artworks you see the hidden history. This information is the drop of water deep inside a rock that bursts it open when the freeze comes. It is not in any textbook or lecture. The Ancients were telling us how to survive in their Art. The messages all the same every time over and over again. They all say the same thing and we are at a crossroads of a new age. This crossroad can go in the direction it is going and we end as a people just after the turn of the century close to the Ancient Mayan Calendar end. Just as is their Cosmic Ball game we can reverse our fate which they also foresaw in that we change and open our circle of compassion. This is our last big test as a people. Do we want better for our Children? If not screw you I ask them and every time they say they want to live longer healthier lives in a healthy loving world. Dont you want that for them? Well they want the future and they want it now. We have to change NOW! Come clean TELL A CHILD TODAY! Most know this and that and only this and that but limited perspectives are stagnant when the bigger more important reality is contained in this and that and everything else. Look at the entirety of the situation and do a search of John Robbins Realities from Diet for a New America. The reprint statistics are all over on the internet. You will see the connections of diet to starvation disease pollution its all there takes 5 to 10 minutes for the average person to make the connections. People simply do not know about Factory Farming Veganism Humane Education or any of the other implications. Most people never have time to think of such things. We need to slow down even for 10 minutes and read. The majority of people suppress themselves by adopting systems of thoughts and actions shaped by their own perceived desires of those in control. To deny our children their freedom is to commit a crime against humanity. “Some people see things that are and ask Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask “Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that …” George Carlin There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly Buckminster Fuller. To many people this seems like a stupid meaningless personal choice dietary issue however this issue is not a crazy fad or news from a crazy zealot. Just as a caterpillar turns to a butterfly a simple change in diet can evolve into the solution to the Health Care crisis war starvation pollution global warming school shootings and violence in society. This one change brings a new way of living actually it is a very old. Suppressed and long forgotten way of living the Ancients new well. Humane Education. Teaching a reverence for life. God gave life man never should have taken it away never ever and yet here we are engulfed in this horrific killing machine. A silent Holocaust is going on in America right here and now right in front of our noses three times a day. Cant you smell it? Look off in the distance. Factory Farming is hazing our World. Well maybe you cannot see it. I see it in the far off distance a wavy haze melting the ground. Im chasing it down and grappling this machine with you as you read my words. Even Einstein saw it 50 years ago when he said Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet There is no magic bullet to cure cancer heart disease stroke and on and on. Prevention is the cure leave your bandage solutions at home and do a little research. The best diet is Vegan. The science is out PLEASE LET GO OF THE STONE AGE THIS IS 2007. Our Children need this. The Human race and the future of Earth hinges on this. Your kids family and self all dieing of hideous cancers heart attacks strokes and the list is a mile long do some research and you will see. Oh how well I know how Lazy Ignorance hates to read at all costs after all it might lead to changework. The Factory Farming Industry in concert with your loving government has created the most horrific killing machine that is spiraling out of control. The only way to stop this is through Education Reform. Teaching our youth a philosophy of respect responsibility and love of lifeHumane EducationVeganism. No more time will be spent arguing with Hereditary Ignorance. Generation after generation slips through our hands playing this silent game of we dont want to scare them with the truth mentality. This mentality is the same mentality of Hereditary Ignorance that wants to drag this out a few thousand more years. Sorry we wont last that long. It really is now or never. Every kid in America should know where their food comes from as soon as they can pick up a fork. And if you are to afraid to be honest Public Schools have no place in helping you hide your weak character and lack of respect and lack of responsibility. Children are the key to saving our race as a people on this planet for they are the transmission of society. Maybe you did not know that. The Meat and Dairy Industry knows how important it is to Indoctrinate our Children with a constant reminder rammed down their innocent eyes hanging on the walls of an institution that Children are Indoctrinated into TRUSTING FOR TRUTH NOT TO HIDE SOCIETIES ILLS. It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind Einstein. To leave the responsibility of The Talk to the parents does not work because most parents do not know as they themselves are brainwashed and desperately cling to their Hereditary Ignorance for without it their world crumbles apart. The crumbling should not be feared for this is your part in the evolution of the Human Race and your awaking as who you really are. Children never grow and Find out themselves when they are old enough to decide what is right and then make it a personal choice. Until then have you decided correctly for them until then? Public School should be one place that delivers the truth in the form of healthy nutritious food that is not the product of the suffering or demise of another being. Animals are not ours to eat wear or use in any other way. This is how the Hereditary Ignorance continues. Schools are one place that should teach students how to see the world as it really is. This is every Teachers job. The Art Teacher does it best though. Real Artists are really Teachers. We deal with the real world. People really do believe everything we see. You may have said I saw it with my own eyes! Instead of teaching our children what to know let them find themselves and how to decipher our falsehoods. Why would anyone want their child to live a lie and die early in a dieing World? Who would want to be involved with Factory Farming in any way? Who would want to ignore TRUTH? Who would want to hide TRUTH? Answer People who believe what the people they trusted told them. Just because we enter into a world with little humanity and know of no other does not mean we have to accept all we have ever known to be singular indisputable and real. The truth is we can make this world better right here right now. In the great words of Sitting Bull Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children No more School shootingsVegan America. After all is said and done history cares not of pride nor conformists only to a gasp at how primitive they must have been whereas we always remember those who are able to change with great reverence for they put aside pride and refused to conform to evil. Warwak Feel free to copy and distribute. I ask only that you copy it in its entirety and that the reproduction be of good quality. httpinsliderespect

  • Nick says:

    I cannot believe that! In Key West kids are on a summer reading program and they were forced to read a book about “Nickel and Dimed” It’s all about not getting by in America. Okay so we can tell them they are going into a bad economy force them to believe that food is good for them when it clearly isn’t visibly I might add and when somebody presents a book I am reading that book right now for the first time that is a great factual piece of evidence that could not only save their lives but change their habits at a critical age. I went vegetarian for a month because I found myself eating fast food three times a day due to full time jobs But after reading Fast Food Nation and now the Food Revolution well let’s just say the world has a lot of waking up to do… Godspeed teach!

  • Loreen says:

    I agree with everything the letter said and feel that the points were well stated. The other thing I would like to say is that this is not the first time I have heard of a teacher doing this. In fact I have heard about teachers doing this in my local area upstate New York for years. On several occassions I have mentioned my vegetarianism and have heard tales of seeing animal industry videos which one I am not sure though likely associated with PETA and how it changed their perspectives even if only on a “I couldn’t believe it” kind of level. I cannot imagine that a school would not see that this would be informative even if only to show how industry works. I’m sure this man was not trying to convert these kids but more so just let them be able to walk away informed. I could imagine getting rid of the guy if he was pressuring kids to think like him but more often than not a teacher would not do such a biased thing to young impressionable students. My view is that the school seems to be making the choice to teach the students that freedom of speech is not something taught in school and that being informed is not the point of an education. I’m sure the students are outraged and yet we seem to still be failing to see that repressing youth and not allowing their minds room to be creative is exactly what is causing them to feel that they need to act out when they do. I’m glad to know that at least one person at that school felt that the kids were wise enough to be able to handle it and I’m glad he took the chance while he had it.

  • Melanie says:

    I personally think every kid should know about how cruel the meat industry is. BUT I’m also wondering why an ART teacher in a MIDDLE SCHOOL thought it was appropriate to show middle school aged children those photos. Now if he was a health teacher or even a P.E. teacher it has more relavence.

  • Paul says:

    Sophie I did pay attention in class when I was there 15 years ago yeah. That’s why I did well. I’m confused though are you saying it is clear repetative posters on the wall or subliminal? And the fact that teachers may test their students about a date or a point is one thing. But suggesting he was allowed to teach this due to the fact that he could be lying about a whole ideaology as he passes around a book famous for it’s anti meat content is ridiculous. How many teachers have you had that have done that? Forum’s are places of debate and I often find myself agreeing with PETA over a number of issues and debates and am certainly pleased that some elements of animal cruelty are brought to light and supported by people like you Sophia. However there can be no arguing sometimes and some peta members will assume some people on here are not worth scraping off their shoe because they are meat eaters. This is not democracy and is not right. There was a thread sometime ago about PETA dumping manure on a restaurant owned by someone who had horse meat on his programme totally legally I might add. So you go to a restaurant which serves meat and spread literally your views about meat eaters in this way but surprise surprise the meat eating people on this thread are not allowed onto this website to say their veiws? Sophia that’s naughty. Come on now. I honestly feel that if Mr. Warwik had not shown those pictures and taught this subject matter he would still have a job. He was employed to do a job which he didn’t do and his explanation of such is biased in its prose. How can you expect the person the article is about to be unbiased??

  • susan says:

    what is the school afraid of people learning exactly what happens to their meal before they get it. if kids did learn what went on the meat industry would be in crisis not good for the government eh? people crave organic veg and fruit why then are animals left out of this? we do have organic meat but what about the slaughter of these animals are they put to an end with a blessing a thankyou for the food they will provide a humane ending or are they killed just like factory farmed animals? no thought no compassion abused to the last as for a lady called andreacomments 7 sept saying she didnt want her child upset by looking at the pictures. just how else are we supposed to get the message across about the horrific way in which our animals are treated. to keep the pictures away we are denying the animals justice. not to look is to say it doesnt happen. if you eat meat then look at what your meat has had to suffer before it got on your plate. i am ashamed to be part of the “human” race when i see what we are doing to it. animals dont have a voice but we have use it for them.

  • elgin lee baker says:

    ….but a lot of things now need to be said ………..he is an art teacher……. did he violate the school boards criteria on what would be viewed as obscene……he was not fired he has refused to return until the school district goes vegan …fine….if the school district does not have vegan options it is behaving in a very archaic manner….. back to the teacher he is not a social studies teacher but he is an art teacher and his job is to show what art is by showing the photos of abused animals he was doing his job on two fronts one the growth of political art and on front two the use of image and word as propaganda …..would he of been ask to leave the classroom if he had shown images of lets say the holocaust or war images …. i do think that he may be suffering from what i like to say is hyper vegan behavior which generally occurs in the first year of becoming one .. its as bad as discovering the lighti.e christ he just wants to share the truth as he sees it …… and this can be very unnerving for others …as a teacher he has to have some control over his actions i would not like a teacher covering a table with dead deer so the children can do still life but such is art right no sacred cows in art ……all is fair game …but for the kids he is a rock star which is what a child needs to value art ……

  • Stephanie says:

    A couple years after I graduated from high schoool my parents moved to Cary IL which borders on Fox River Grove I believe both cities are part of the same school district…my younger brother even ended up attending his last year of high school at CaryGrove High. I am appalled at how after decades of allowing the meat and dairy industries to promote the “four food groups” propaganda as truth in our schools that a teacher would be disciplined for doing nothing more offensive than giving the other side of the argument. Are our schools reverting to the bookburning days? If so John Robbins’ books will obviously be the first in the fire.

  • Warwak says:

    Don’t believe everything you read see Art or hear. They are trying to make this about me. It really is about them. You see when you have no reasons for your actions they smear the little guy Read the true story here httpinslide.comrespect

  • anonymous says:

    i agree. make the government take a stance on this issue. make the school make a public statement about their decision. make them say…that they don’t want the kids to know the truth. education is where it’s at. it’s also right now where the information is being controlled…amongst the youth…. educating people about veganism and animal rights is the only way the cruelty will stop.

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