My friend Clark is the principal for a rural Illinois school district, and he sent me this story. Enjoy.
One of our fourth grade classes returned from lunch today and proceeded to do what they always do – sit down and listen to a story read by the teacher. This teacher has several classroom pets – hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles, and a ferret. Students who have completed about each animal are allowed to hold the animals during story time. One youngster liberated a hamster from the cage and was petting it and carrying it around. Another student was holding the ferret, and the first student approached the second to say something.
During that moment, the ferret realized that its need for a REAL lunch was right there and strikes. The ferret gets the hamster by the neck and sinks in its teeth. The hamster chomps down on finger of the child holding it. Chaos ensues. The teacher has to wrench the jaws of the dying hamster to get the child out of the bite. Nothing could convince the ferret to let go of the hamster, and it ends up with a large chunk of hamster flesh in its bloody maw. The maimed hamster makes a final trip out of the room for a coup de’grace and the child goes to the doctor.
Needless to say, the social worker had to visit the classroom.
I can only imagine the tears and screaming that must have ensued. The only thing that would have made this better is if the class was currently doing a unit on Charles Darwin.