PETA Stresses Need to Teach Anti-Bullying and Compassion in the Classroom—for Whole Community's Sake
For Immediate Release:
August 3, 2017
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Nassau County, Fla. – Following reports that a video posted to Snapchat showed two Nassau County children using a Taser on a kitten, TeachKind—PETA’s humane education division—sent letters this afternoon to local schools and the district superintendent urging them to implement humane education.
TeachKind—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has offered the schools free “Bullies Are Just Cowards: Report Abuse When You See It!” posters and sent elementary schools its Share the World curriculum kits, which are appropriate for even the youngest learners and help fulfill Florida’s required instruction to teach kindness to animals.
“We’re facing a bullying epidemic, and if reports are true, these children not only laughed as they shocked a kitten with a Taser but also posted the video to social media,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns Marta Holmberg. “Empathy must be taught, and TeachKind is urging schools to implement humane education and encourage students to report any cruelty to animals that they witness.”
TeachKind notes that, according to leading mental-health professionals and law-enforcement agencies, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to the community at large. Its staff is available to send materials to schools, suggest lesson plans, and even host classroom presentations for students via Skype—all for free.
The group’s letters are available upon request. For more information, please visit TeachKind.org.