Section 30: Moral education
“Section 30. The president, professors and tutors of the university at Cambridge and of the several colleges, all preceptors and teachers of academies and all other instructors of youth shall exert their best endeavors to impress on the minds of children and youth committed to their care and instruction the principles of piety and justice and a sacred regard for truth, love of their country, humanity and universal benevolence, sobriety, industry and frugality, chastity, moderation and temperance, and those other virtues which are the ornament of human society and the basis upon which a republican constitution is founded; and they shall endeavor to lead their pupils, as their ages and capacities will admit, into a clear understanding of the tendency of the above mentioned virtues to preserve and perfect a republican constitution and secure the blessings of liberty as well as to promote their future happiness, and also to point out to them the evil tendency of the opposite vices.” (Source)
Reported Animal Abuse Cases
Boston25News.com reported that a Blackstone teen faced felony charges for allegedly killing a cat with an arrow.
MassLive.com reported that two Ludlow High School students were facing cruelty-to-animals charges after allegedly mutilating a mouse they had bought at Petco, then posting images on social media. According to reports, the teens claimed that they wanted to dissect the mouse “like in a biology class.”
SouthCoastToday.com reported that two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, had severely injured a squirrel by throwing rocks at him or her in a park. The animal was allegedly seen running from the suspects, bleeding and with an eye injury.