Vegans at CA HS accused of bullying Ag students online

Vegans at CA HS accused of bullying Ag students online

No MeatWho knew that kids studying agriculture were so frail, or that kids practicing veganism were so militant? Or that high school-age kids, who need their nutrients, were encouraged to practice veganism?

Despite the headline, which is a paraphrase of the one reported by Fox Sacramento affiliate KXTL-TV, the dustup between two student factions at Elk Grove High School sounds more like a feud than an instance of bullying.

In any case, it has spilled onto the internet, finding its way onto Instagram and other social networks — and, the station reports, “the words being used aren’t all that pleasant.”

An agriculture student by the name of Katie Velon complains, “[One student] keeps posting about goats and sheep and pigs and dead pictures and them being slaughtered.” The Ag program is also assailed as leading “to the slaughtering of animals,” and the online attacks describe how animals are drained of blood while their hearts are still beating.

Yet, the Ag students say they’re proud of what they do and of what they’re learning. Student Miranda McCurry is quoted as saying:

I don’t think it’s fair for people to be saying that, because they don’t understand the work we put into all these animals. And it’s something we voluntarily do.

KXTL reports that the debate escalated after outside vegan groups became involved, calling meat eaters “carcass crunchers.”

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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