It looks innocent. Kids jumping rope in class, but it’s what they were using as the rope that’s causing a stir. It turns out, they were using cat intestines, and have been doing the lesson for years in this video PETA obtained from a whistleblower, Churchill Juniors and Seniors are seen jumping rope with cat intestines and there’s a second video showing a dissected cat and other students holding a cat’s insides.
“It does looks bad, but it’s really educational. It wasn’t just for fun or any of that.” says 18 year old Churchill Senior Ashlei Walsh. She says she was inside the classroom that day in early May, and says the video was taken out of context.
Walsh says her teacher was supervising and offered the chance to jump rope with the cat intestine to understand more about anatomy. “The reason why they do that with the intestines is to test the durability.” says Aubry Chancellor a NEISD Spokeswoman.
“This particular teacher actually participated in this same lesson when she was in college at Texas A&M.”
Chancellor said the lesson meant no disrespect. “We do believe it was an effective way to teach that concept; however, we’ll have to move forward and maybe use a different, just as effective hopefully, lesson in the future.”
In a letter to the district, PETA called the video disturbing and offered to donate digital dissection resources to help the school transition to animal-free classrooms. Chancellor says it is just too soon to know if they’ll accept.
No discipline will be taken against the teacher or students.