PETA sends posters to Summerville High School following animal abuse case
Peta sends posters to Summerville High School following animal abuse case
March 26, 2014 at 8:53 PM EST - Updated July 2 at 5:45 AM
DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC)
An international animal rights organization has it's sights set on Dorchester School District Two. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, known as PETA, has sent posters to Summerville High School, in hopes of raising awareness about animal abuse.
This comes on the heels of one of their students, 18-year-old Deonta Weaver, being found guilty of animal cruelty. Weaver, a Summerville High School student, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, or 50 hours of community service, after video surfaced of him alledgely throwing cats in the air.
Charleston Animal Society's cruelty investigator was alerted of the video and handed it over to Mount Pleasant Police, who later arrested Weaver for the crime.
Now, the case is catching the attention of PETA, who want to use it as an example to educate the rest of the school district.
"TeachKind, which is PETA'S human education division, reached out to all the schools in Dorchester County School District 2 after finding out that a Summerville High School student has be charged with cruelty to animals for abusing cats and posting videos of it on social media," said Nina Kahn, spokesperson for PETA.
Kahn says that it's important students learn to identify cases of animal abuse about their peers, because abuse towards animals can lead to other violence.
"The link between animal abuse and abuse towards other people is undeniable," said Kahn.
According to Kahn, medical experts have proven there's a link between animal abuse and violent behavior against humans and it's something that shouldn't be ignored by school staff or fellow students. PETA says now is the time for Dorchester District 2 to step up and increase education about animal abuse in their classrooms.
"Teaching kids to speak up when they see something they know is wrong, is really the key to building a better, more compassionate society," said Kahn.
PETA sent posters to Summerville High School Principal Kenny Farrell. One, with the headline "Abuse: Report it if you see it."
"The posters that TeachKind is sending to the principals of these schools are anti violence posters, which encourage kids to report any type of abuse as soon as they see or hear about it," said Kahn.
TeachKind is also offering additional teaching material and lesson plans to the school district.
A spokesperson for Dorchester School District 2 tells Live 5 that Farrell has not personally seen the posters yet, however, they welcome PETA's resources. They tell Live 5 they plan to use the posters, how they deem fit, to educate their students.
The Charleston Animal Society say they're happy to see PETA reaching out to the local schools. They tell Live 5 they hope that it will encourage community members to report abuse, earlier.
A spokesman from the Charleston Animal Society tells us that in court, Weaver did apologize and called his actions "stupid."