On Monday, a group of eighth graders at Colony Middle School in Palmer, Alaska, tormented a young moose on school grounds until the moose became so frightened that he repeatedly hurled himself into a fence until he died.
School officials won’t disclose what the students did to provoke the moose’s suicide, but we know one thing for sure: Bullying and violence toward animals often leads to or is part of an existing pattern of bullying and violence toward humans.
PETA has contacted the school’s principal, Mary McMahon, to request that Colony Middle School allow us to help it incorporate a humane-education program into its curriculum immediately. The only way that the school’s officials can prevent future tragic incidents is to teach their students to be compassionate toward animals.
Hopefully, Colony Middle School will take us up on our offer to help students cope with this crisis and learn to respect all living beings.
Written by Liz Graffeo