Unbelievable School Decisions: Baby Bunnies Buried Alive

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As part of an agriculture lesson at Plant City High School, Jane Bender oversaw the birth of a litter of rabbits. When two of the bunnies were rejected by the mother Bender saw an opportunity to teach her students the harsh reality that sometimes baby animals die.

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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Looks to me she is trying to teach sadism and murder.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Williams
    Unbelievable.

    When the class refused, Bender took matters into her own hands by escorting everyone outside where she put the bunnies in a bag, dug a hole, tossed the bag in, hit the bag a few times with the shovel and filled the hole back in. The scene was enough to cause at least one student to vomit.
    "She came over with a shovel and just sort of chopped in the hole, and then buried them," student Ryan Harrell told ABC. He said he was so upset by his teacher's actions that he threw up and then broke down crying. "I was really shocked and appalled. I didn't have any words for it."
    I'd applaud the teacher for trying to teach kids more about how nature works. Although, I don't recall anywhere in history or nature where, on occasion, school marms instinctively wander out of their habitats in order to hack up small woodland creatures with a shovel.

    Maybe it's an "evolution" thing ...
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  • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    She's teaching agriculture, not bunny nurturing.
    Okay. So she tells them that in the wild those 2 bunnies would quickly perish. I think the students get it.

    If one of them offered to look after them what difference would it have made to her?

    To take them, put them in a bag, club them with a spade and chuck them in a hole and bury them was crass.

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    • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
      Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

      Should've eaten them in a stew.. No doubt the action was a touch crass. I think there was an over-reaction on the part of the public.
      Yes I can believe the public over-reaction. Same happens in England. I think a school raised a lamb once and when it was fat and juicy the head sent for the butcher. I'm sure trauma counsellors will be brought in though. :rolleyes:

      Kids have more than likely forgotten it by now.

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      • Profile picture of the author LarryC
        Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

        Yes I can believe the public over-reaction. Same happens in England. I think a school raised a lamb once and when it was fat and juicy the head sent for the butcher. I'm sure trauma counsellors will be brought in though. :rolleyes:

        Kids have more than likely forgotten it by now.

        Dan
        Not quite the same thing. Slaughtering lambs in that manner is something that's publicly accepted and presumably it was eaten. I know people also eat rabbits, but in this case the animal was killed in a way that suggests a truly bad intention. Granted, it might not make any difference to the rabbit but it still says a lot about the teacher.
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        • Profile picture of the author ozzie2012
          unbelievable alright!!
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

        Yes I can believe the public over-reaction. Same happens in England. I think a school raised a lamb once and when it was fat and juicy the head sent for the butcher. I'm sure trauma counsellors will be brought in though. :rolleyes:

        Kids have more than likely forgotten it by now.

        Dan
        THAT made more sense! They will only kill so many lambs. The lamb may even have been BORN for that. so the death of that lamb may have saved another for a while.

        Heck, if this teacher sent those rabbits off to some german person to fatten up and use for hasen pfeffer, I would see more sense in it!

        It is like the time I said some things to this fisherman that I thought I would never say! You see, when I was a kid, most fish was caught, and EATEN! A person would only catch so many fish, etc.... Well, the "fisherman" in question caught them only for "sport". He would throw them back! That MIGHT sound humane until you remember the hook, etc...

        HEY, I know that eating meat can seem viscous, but it really has helped things to survive. Most animals eat some non plant creature, and who is to say that eating plants is really better anyway. This whole world would likely be DEAD if all killed things just for being there.

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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    That sounds like someone trying to justify a sadistic streak. A certain percentage of the population is sociopathic. Teaching isn't the best profession for such people, though I'm not sure what is.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian John
      the reality of life and death is certainly something young people need to understand but that's not an appropriate way for an instructor to teach it. pchs is my alma mater, it's a very good high school in a wonderful community. don't know ms/mrs bender, but disappointed in her actions.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeySal
      Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

      That sounds like someone trying to justify a sadistic streak. A certain percentage of the population is sociopathic. Teaching isn't the best profession for such people, though I'm not sure what is.
      That's the way I see it. Psycho bitch in an authority role. If I'd been a student of hers, those bunnies would be alive. She wouldn't be in teaching, though. What really frightens me is that kids are taught now to be so submissive that they wouldn't stop her from this one. Not the way I was raised at all. These kids need a teacher that will teach them that not everyone with authority should have it - not everyone who has authority is sane enough to wield it competently. This woman is sociopaths and the best thing for her would be a piece of lead between the eyes.
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      • Profile picture of the author Brian John
        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        This woman is sociopaths and the best thing for her would be a piece of lead between the eyes.
        damn sal u just went nuclear lol!

        good to see u again.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

        That's the way I see it. Psycho bitch in an authority role. If I'd been a student of hers, those bunnies would be alive. She wouldn't be in teaching, though. What really frightens me is that kids are taught now to be so submissive that they wouldn't stop her from this one. Not the way I was raised at all. These kids need a teacher that will teach them that not everyone with authority should have it - not everyone who has authority is sane enough to wield it competently. This woman is sociopaths and the best thing for her would be a piece of lead between the eyes.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    I'VE eaten rabbit before. BTW The last time I looked down, and saw the face, I swore that was the last one I would have. That was like 15 years ago, and I never had another. But there is a DISTINCT difference. I have NEVER killed a rabbit or even made it uncomfortable. I ALSO wouldn't kill them for the heck of it.

    Rabbits ARE bad for farms, etc... But this was a SCHOOL! A rabbit often lives under my deck. I laughingly make jokes about it. One guy pressed me about animals on the property that might be vicious. I jokingly mentioned, "Well, there a rabbit under my DECK!"! It isn't vicious though. If all it does is look for shelter, why should I harm it.

    And WHO is the teacher to say that the rabbits were rejected? Maybe the rabbits could get a drink later. was it simply that the litter was too large? A rabbit can only support so many babies. And SOMETIMES, in such a case, ANOTHER member of the group provides support! Do rabbits? IF SO, in the wild, those babies WOULD have been cared for! And most kids probably understand that such things happen.

    FURTHER, BURYING THEM, especially in a bag, isn't a good idea, and they usually don't get bashed, like with a shovel.

    Anyway, our tax dollars at "work". Maybe, the next time she goes on strike, or asks for others to pay...., someone should follow her with a shovel, and LARGE bag, the above article, and a sign tying the two together. MAYBE it will get some to think.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post


      Steve
      Dude,
      you are the most convoluted ..... circular... talker I have ever almost met.

      regardless of that fact.

      i want you to know.

      I kapish
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by kenmichaels View Post

        Dude,
        you are the most convoluted ..... circular... talker I have ever almost met.

        regardless of that fact.

        i want you to know.

        I kapish
        Convoluted? Circular? are you talking about the fact that I did things like mentioned how they were bad for farms, but I know I provide shelter for one under my deck?

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        • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
          Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

          Convoluted? Circular? are you talking about the fact that I did things like mentioned how they were bad for farms, but I know I provide shelter for one under my deck?

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          • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
            Originally Posted by kenmichaels View Post

            no.

            I read most if not all of your posts.

            providing shelter is beyond awesome. I heartily applaud that.

            Maybe what i said sounded mean, or rude but i really meant it as a compliment.

            You start off on point. Then in the middle of your thought you stray off onto a tangent or two and then eventually circle back to where it makes sense.

            You make interesting points. I usually enjoy them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    She blew her chance at a greater lesson. The lesson of "how nature works" was already there with the mother rabbits rejection. A better lesson would have been to discuss how the babies would die if nothing was done, and then go on to teach a lesson in HUMAN nature. Show how compassion combined with action can save lives.

    That would have been the better lesson.
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  • Profile picture of the author DJL
    There are two lessons here:

    1. Nature is cruel.
    2. Human nature is crueler.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    Perhaps if she were teaching on the psychology of how "human" nature works - she could point out that most serial killers started off by torturing and killing small animals.

    But since that's not what she was teaching... Perhaps an evaluation is in order.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    I think in the first place she should be fired as a teacher. In the next place I hope there is a statute against cruely to animals and that they throw this bitch into jail.

    ... better yet sack + hack= retribution

    maybe publicly in the school yard.

    See what happens when a horrible monster has been added to the gene pool. We must prevent them from procreating.

    I prefer rabbits any day.
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  • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
    Disgusted-I wouldn't want that teacher nowhere near my kids.
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