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4/23/07

Goat C-Section In Ag Class Has Parents Upset

D'Anne Moxon is no stranger to life with livestock.

"We've had upwards of 10 to 12 sheep throughout the year. They've been showing for nine years," says Moxon.

But D'Anne says she was mortified when her two children came home from school the other day telling her about the C-section their agriculture teacher had performed.

"I have a 17-year old daughter and a 14 year old son, and they were quite disturbed, because their ag teacher, who is a mentor of theirs at school, had done an emergency C-section on a goat without any anesthetic,' says Moxon.

The district says it conducted an internal investigation and found no wrong doing on the part of the teacher. In fact, they claim he was acting within the realm of the state curriculum which says students should be able to conduct common surgical procedures.

Superintendent Bill Stewart says, "This is a situation that kids see all the time out on farms and ranches. Most of these kids have their own animals. Most of them have seen procedures before.  It's not uncommon if you have animals and they go into labor and can't have the baby, then you go ahead and do whatever you need to do," says Stewart.

Dr. Steve Wilson with the Glenwood Animal Hospital says C-sections may be common, but should never been performed by anyone other than a skilled veterinarian.

"They don't know where to place the medications to replace the pain and the suffering that will be caused to this animal when they do it. We've gotten past strapping people down and cutting the limbs off without anesthesia, and we've gotten past it with animals too," says Wilson.

The district says they have taken action against the teacher and can assure parents this situation won't happen again.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department was contacted about the incident but says they wanted to let the district complete its investigation first. The department only planned to get involved if the school found criminal intent, which they say they did not.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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