§120B.232 CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION.
Subdivision 1. Character development education.
“Character education is the shared responsibility of parents, teachers, and members of the community. The legislature encourages districts to integrate or offer instruction on character education including, but not limited to, character qualities such as attentiveness, truthfulness, respect for authority, diligence, gratefulness, self-discipline, patience, forgiveness, respect for others, peacemaking, and resourcefulness. Instruction should be integrated into a district’s existing programs, curriculum, or the general school environment. To the extent practicable, instruction should be integrated into positive behavioral intervention strategies, under section 122A.627. The commissioner shall provide assistance at the request of a district to develop character education curriculum and programs.” (Source)
Reported Animal Abuse Cases
Yahoo! News reported that a teenager pleaded guilty in a Ramsey County juvenile court to stealing an SUV with a dog inside in late July, then abandoning the vehicle and leaving the animal to die.
Minnesota.CBSLocal.com reported that a 17-year-old shot both his 15-year-old sister and their family dog and then killed himself.