I agree with the over reaction theory, although I'm not an expert on rabies. Sounds to me more like the school administration had an issue with a teacher teaching kids how to skin roadkill. There may also be the possibility that the administration was incensed that in today's age a teacher would do such a thing without prior coordination.
When I was in high school one of my teachers brought in a roadkill buck to teach us how to field dress. By this criteria, we should've all been treated for possible exposure to Lyme disease and Spotted Fever.
I can't help but notice, too, that the article doesn't mention treating the teacher for rabies exposure. You'd think that if anyone would be exposed, it'd be him. This reinforces the thought that the school was over reacting to placate upset PETA-parents, rather than out of concern for students.
[ This Message was edited by: expatriate on 2003-04-08 21:37 ]
Yes the ommission of the teacher's testing is odd.
Rabies is not air borne and the predominate mode of transmission is through body fluid contact (saliva to blood from bites). From a science standpoint, the kids were at no risk.
I don't see how this can offend animal rights people, the yote was dead for pete's sake. Perhaps it would be a bit different if the teacher had captured a live rabbit with his bare hands, popped off its head, proceed to skin it, cook it then eat it as part of an impromptu "wilderness survival lesson".
Don't high schoolers as a part of anatomy dissect animals? This doesn't seem to be much different, other than it wasn't a planned lesson.
Without knowing the teacher or any other circumstances, I'd say this was just a guy trying to share something he enjoys (taxidermy) with his students. His only "crime" is having demonstrated an act that may make some people squeemish. Unfortunately those that would get squeemish happen to be his boss....
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