Monday, May 16, 2005

Class Dissection Of Live Dog Outrages Parents, Students

(Note: I've been going back and forth about posting this, because it is so disgusting. But I've added the contact info for the school principal and superintendent at the end, so write to them if this turns your stomach too.)

A biology class lesson in Gunnison, Utah involving the dissection of a live dog has outraged some parents and students, according to a report.

"I thought that it would be just really a good experience if they could see the digestive system in the living animal," Biology teacher Doug Bierregaard said. Biology teacher Doug Bjerregaard, who is a substitute teacher at Gunnison Valley High School, wanted his students to see how the digestive system of a dog worked. Bjerregaard made arrangements for his students to be a part of a dissection of a dog that was still alive.

The dog was still alive, but the teacher said it was sedated before the dissection began. With the students watching, the sedated dog's digestive system was removed. "It just makes me sick and I don't think this should go on anywhere and nobody's learning from it," student Sierra Sears said. The teacher said the lesson would allow students to see the organs actually working. "I thought that it would be just really a good experience if they could see the digestive system in the living animal," Bierregaard said.

The school's principal, Kirk Anderson, said notifications went to parents explaining the dog was going to be euthanized and that the experiment would be done with the dog's organs still functioning. The teacher is standing by his decision and calls it the ultimate educational experience. Principal Anderson said he supports the lesson and it will be allowed to continue because the students are learning. The dog used in the experiment was going to be euthanized despite the class project.

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Here's the contact info to give them your 2-cents:

Gunnison Valley High School
35 East 600 S
Gunnison UT 84934
435-528-7256

Principal Kirk Anderson:  kirk.anderson@ssanpete.k12.ut.us

Superintendent:  james.petersen@ssanpete.k12.ut.us

School Board members e-mails here:
http://www.ssanpete.k12.ut.us/DO/board.html

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