March 31, 2011

SO THEY PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE TAKEN WELLL...:

German Kids Endure Hare-Raising Experience (Frauke Lüpke-Narberhaus, 3/30/11, Der Spiegel)
It was a lesson designed to help teach children the realities of life: Teachers at a school in Schleswig-Holstein arranged for a rabbit to be slaughtered in front of the kids to give them an insight into how Stone Age people managed to live without a freezer. Ultimately, though, not even a student petition could save the bunny from its grisly fate. [...]

One day prior to the event, some of the fifth-graders launched an effort to save the rabbit and collected 30 signatures of classmates who were opposed to the killing. The farmer said he knew nothing about the campaign -- and the teachers ignored the petition.

"We rejected this form of protest," one of the teachers was quoted by the Lübecker Nachrichten newspaper as saying. "One can't collect signatures against a math test either."

In total, some 100 children took part in the Stone Age project -- and late last week, 50 of them voluntarily surrounded the farmer and the rabbit in the school courtyard. Before he began, the farmer told the children that what they were about to see wasn't disgusting nor was it monstrous -- and that they would agree once it was over.

Then the farmer hit the rabbit with the hammer. One child fainted, others burst into tears. Next, he slit the animal's throat with a knife, gutted the body, skinned it and hung it up to drain The next day, the rabbit was grilled in the school yard and eaten -- in Stone Age style, naturally, on a hot stone. Some mothers and fathers who had attended the feast had also tried it, the farmer recalled.
...to growing up in the inner-city and having a rat killed with a hammer in their classroom?


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