Student Suspended for Refusing to Kill Chicken

baby-chickenConcordia High School offers students a class on animal science and food production, with the intention of teaching them about food production. By the time student Whitney Hillman found out that the class involved raising and slaughtering a chicken, it was too late to for her to drop it. So, when the kill day came, she decided to take things into her own hands and kidnap her chicken, saving it from slaughter.

“I got two days in-school suspension, but I don’t care,” Whitney told The Wichita Eagle. “They made him my pet and then wanted me to kill him. I couldn’t do that.” She took the class because she wants to study zoology in college.

Although Whitney always earned good grades, she knew that killing a chicken she had raised would not be an assignment she could complete. She told her mother and stepfather about her plan and they agreed to let her carry out the poultry abduction. “Later that day, I took Whitney back to school to turn herself in,” said Whitney’s mother, Kristina Frost. “I told her, ‘This is farm country. I’m glad you’re strong.’ ” Frost criticized the school for making the students bond with animals intended for food.

“We come from an agricultural part of the nation, and our students need to understand that food doesn’t magically appear on our plates at home or in a restaurant,” says Concordia Principal Greg Errebo in a statement. “Animals are used to feed us, and there is a process in the raising of those animals from birth to consumption…These students learned that process in a class taught by a dedicated and caring teacher.”

The chicken is now safely in hiding.

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3 Responses to “Student Suspended for Refusing to Kill Chicken”

  1. abby says:

    they could have had a chicken that was killed and work from there why don’t we kill the teachers pet and see how she feels!

  2. Brandi says:

    I’m all for appreciating and understanding where our food comes from. So with that in mind, how many people (or farmers) raise the animals as pets, slaughter them, and then sell the meat? NONE. Instead, how about open these students eyes to the really inhumane conditions these animals are raised in before being slaughtered for our consumption. That’s a reality worth teaching. Just as this project was cruel to the chicks, it was also cruel to the students and I applaud Whitney for her actions.

  3. Theresa says:

    My little sister is in FFA, they were each assigned pigs which they raised from piglets, auctioned and then slaughtered. I think it was a good learning experience BUT she was fully aware of what she signing up for.

    It should have been made very clear to each student on the FIRST DAY OF CLASS (or sooner) what was expected of them. My sister was enrolled in an OPTIONAL extracurricular activity. I think that’s a very different situation.

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