Lizlady... While I agree with you in that I wouldn't feed my snakes a dog or cat, I see no problem if others chose to do so in their OWN home, NOT in a school classroom. <Sorry, but that's really just asking for trouble.> I don't agree with live feeding regardless of the animal. This teacher showed extremely poor judgement, but I really don't think he should lose his job over that one incident. If he had a history of doing stuff like this, then I think there should be some sort of "investigation" to determine if he is actually fit to be teaching. Also, let's not forget, these are high school kids, not kindergartners. I'm sure most of them have already seen some "nasty" stuff including drugs, knifings, shootings, beatings, ect. High school isn't all sunshine and flowers these days.
About the puppies, they were going to be killed anyways. Do you have any idea how many cute little puppies or kittens are killed in shelters everyday? I'm sorry to say this, but NOT every puppy has a home. These two certainly didn't. Their owner dumped them at a shelter which was going to kill them. If these animals are going to be killed anyways, why not at least make use of their bodies? Shelters are always complaining about the lack of funds, why not sell their dead animals to zoos or wildlife rehabs to be used as food? It would benefit the zoos to get lowcost animals and the shelters would get some much needed funding.
I think the teacher should have used prekilled rabbits or another "natural" food item, or at least fed the snakes AFTER the students had left.
Dang... I did it again... okay... how many people did I offend this time? LOL!
Annie B. <:3 )~~