2016 Iowa Code
Title VII–EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Chapter 256–DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Section 256.18–Character education policy.
“Schools should make every effort, formally and informally, to stress character qualities that will maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, and that will ultimately equip students to be model citizens. These qualities may include caring, civic virtue and citizenship, justice and fairness, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, giving, honesty, self-discipline, respect for and obedience to the law, citizenship, courage, initiative, commitment, perseverance, kindness, compassion, service, loyalty, patience, the dignity and necessity of hard work, and any other qualities deemed appropriate by a school.” (Source)
Reported Animal Abuse Cases
DesMoinesRegister.com reported that a juvenile had been charged with two counts of animal torture after allegedly disemboweling a living dog and killing a kitten.
KCRG.com reported that an 11-year-old boy had been accused of injecting lethal amounts of insulin into his family’s cat and two dogs. Authorities expected charges to be filed against him.
KHQA.com reported that a Facebook Live video depicting what appeared to be juveniles torturing an opossum was being investigated. The video was said to show the animal being swung by the tail, beaten, and smashed with a large rock.