Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
The killing, cooking, and eating of a baby raccoon during a class at Columbus High School in Columbus, Texas is causing a heated debate over if the act should be considered animal cruelty.
In a wildlife management class, students are encouraged to harvest and prepare wild animals to be cooked out back and eaten. The students are supposed to bring the animals in already dead.
But two students brought in a live raccoon, and the police chief said, “They started stepping and stomping on it, joking theyâ€™re tenderizing the animal.”
The superintendent of Columbus High School said a substitute teacher was in the class that day and didn’t know any better.
He stated, “And with the substitute teacher there, they in essence had permission to process the animal there. Regrettably that happened. It wonâ€™t happen again.”
No criminal charges will be pressed against the two students involved because most witnesses said the animal died quickly and suffering was minimal.
Students have had mixed feelings about the incident that happened in October. One student said, “Basically everybody knows how to skin something, whatâ€™s the difference between a raccoon and a squirrel.”
Another student said it was blatant animal cruelty.
The wildlife management class is part of a tradition at the high school, so students will know how to prepare food in the wild if they ever need to.