Missouri Revised Statutes 170.020. Voluntary pilot program for social and emotional health in elementary schools–Staffing
(1) The department of elementary and secondary education, through its school counseling section, shall be authorized to establish a voluntary pilot program, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, to provide for social and emotional health education in elementary schools in the state. The purpose of the pilot program shall be to determine whether and how to implement an elementary social and emotional health education program statewide. (Source)
Reported Animal Abuse Cases
KCTV5.com reported that two sophomores from St. Teresa’s Academy allegedly killed a duckling, whose body other students discovered in a bathroom trash can with a string around the neck.
KY3.com reported that two teenagers had been arrested for allegedly torturing and killing a cat after a video surfaced on social media that showed the cat being tied by the neck with rope to the back of a vehicle and then dragged from the moving vehicle’s bumper.
Fox2Now.com reported that two juveniles had been arrested and charged with animal abuse after allegedly mistreating a dog and sharing a video of the act on Facebook. According to reports, the video appears to show one teenager body-slamming and repeatedly punching the 6- to 7-month-old dog while another teen can be heard laughing off camera.