“Each school district, either individually or through a board of cooperative services, is strongly encouraged to establish a character education program designed to help students cultivate honesty, respect, responsibility, courtesy, respect for and compliance with the law, integrity, respect for parents, home, and community, and the dignity and necessity of a strong work ethic, conflict resolution, and other skills, habits, and qualities of character that will promote an upright, moral, and desirable citizenry and better prepare students to become positive contributors to society. The program may include information concerning this country’s founding documents and concerning religion in American history. Such character education program should be designed to stress the importance that each teacher model and promote the guidelines of behavior established in the character education program for youth to follow at all times, in every class.” (Source)
Reported Animal Abuse Cases
9News.com reported that a group of teens had filmed themselves flushing a live squirrel down a toilet and then posted the video to social media.
People.com reported that a 19-year-old Colorado resident who reportedly admitted killing his mother’s cat in September 2019 was accused of having stabbed to death a Colorado Springs woman. The victim’s 16-year-old daughter was allegedly an accomplice.
AspenTimes.com reported that a teen had been accused of shooting a 2-year-old Labrador retriever to death after allegedly breaking into another home and stealing a rifle.
KDVR.com reported that four teenagers had been seen running away from an 11-week-old puppy, named Bella, who had apparently been beaten, kicked, and/or stomped on in her own yard, leaving her with internal bleeding and broken bones. Reportedly, she survived the attack and received veterinary care, but the suspects had not yet been identified.