Epidemic:
Kids Hurting Animals

PETA keeps an updated list of reported incidents in which young people commit acts of cruelty to animals. These incidents are only the ones that have been reported in the media. The actual number of such abuse cases is likely much higher since many go unreported. This resource is meant to illustrate the prevalence of the problem and to provide educators with tools to help their students learn what it means to have compassion for all sentient beings.

43% of the perpetrators commit acts of cruelty to animals before schoolyard massacres (Source)—it’s time for educators to take action by implementing humane education.

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Oklahoma

State Laws

Section 732. Control and Discipline of Child.

“A. Each district board of education shall adopt a policy for the discipline of all children attending public school in that district, and for the investigation of reported incidents of bullying. The policy shall provide options for the methods of discipline of the students and shall define standards of conduct to which students are expected to conform. The policy shall: . . .

“10. Provide for an educational program as designed and developed by the State Department of Education and in consultation with the Office of Juvenile Affairs for students and parents in preventing, identifying, responding to and reporting incidents of bullying.” (Source)

Section 1181. Character Education Program.

“A. The board of education of every school district in this state may develop and implement a comprehensive program for character education in any single grade or combination of grades prekindergarten through twelfth. The character education program shall focus on development of character traits, the in [sic] students.” (Source)

Reported Animal Abuse Cases

June 2018/Rogers County, Oklahoma

NewsOn6.com reported that a 14-year-old boy had been arrested and was facing felony cruelty-to-animals charges for allegedly shooting his neighbor’s four horses. According to authorities, he shot each one in the heart and left them for dead.

February 2013/Tahlequah, Oklahoma

KRMG.com reported that local authorities were investigating the death of a pit bull after a teenager allegedly posted a photo online showing the dog after he had been shot to death by an arrow. The teen also allegedly posted a boastful statement about killing any pit bulls who show up near his home.