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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

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11:37 CEST+02:00
Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson.

The teacher, who breeds rabbits in his spare time, brought one of the animals to school with him on Monday, for a fourth year biology class. His students were horrified when he killed it in front of them with a captive bolt stun gun, and then dissected it.

On Tuesday he repeated the lesson in front of a different class. After hearing about their schoolmates’ experience, several emotional students offered to buy the rabbit from the teacher and pleaded with him not to kill it. He refused and told them he would be eating it for his dinner that evening.

After parents and students complained on Facebook the school board has said it will investigate the incident and the teacher faces a disciplinary hearing and suspension.

Local schools inspector Hermann Helm told the Heute newspaper that the teacher “is well known for his unorthodox teaching methods, but this time he has gone too far. He has received a warning and I wrote to him telling him to refrain from such methods immediately - I’ll be speaking to him next week.”

Local veterinarian Christoph Sickinger was also appalled to hear the news: “to do something like this at a secondary school is really inappropriate.”

The Local Denmark reported on a similar story in May - when a Danish talk radio host bludgeoned a baby rabbit to death on air, claiming he was exposing the ‘hypocrisy’ surrounding meat-eating.

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