Florida Teacher Removed From School for Violating Code of Ethics

April 2011

After being contacted by a distraught student and her family, PETA immediately called on Florida’s North Naples Middle School to discipline a teacher who placed dead frogs on the desk of the student who exercised her legal right to opt out of animal dissection. As a result of complaints from the family and PETA, the school district investigated and found that the teacher violated its code of ethics, “acted insensitively and inappropriately,” and exercised “poor professional judgment.” The teacher was removed from the school, a disciplinary letter of warning has been placed in her district and state personnel files, and she will receive training on how to be more sensitive to students’ needs. PETA has also offered to donate humane alternatives to dissection to the entire school district.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind