So, who are the real adults here, and who are the real children? Who is who?
Schoolkids vote 13-1 to slaughter lamb
A GROUP of schoolchildren who reared a lamb from birth and named it Marcus have overridden objections by parents and rights activists and voted to send the animal to slaughter.
The decision has provoked fury among animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some of the children, and led to threats against Lydd primary school and its teachers, according to a member of staff.
Well, clearly, this is all about the children ("animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some") and not about the adults who…
The children also look after ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs.
The intention had been to buy pigs with the money raised from slaughtering Marcus, but those plans have been put on hold following the furor created by the lamb’s culling.
The school said the program may now have to be stopped.
"It’s all up in the air," said a member of staff.
"There’s been so much pressure on us as a result of all this."
Nope, it’s all about the children.
But opponents branded it heartless and cruel, with animal rights campaigners asking why Marcus could not have been used to teach the children about wool, and human rights campaigners worried about the emotional impact of Marcus’s death on the children.
A popular talkshow host offered to buy the lamb and give it sanctuary and Facebook groups sprung up to rally support to keep Marcus alive.
But at least the adults had the final say.
But the children had the final say.
The school defended the children’s decision, calling it educational.
"When we started the farm in spring 2009, the aim was to educate the children in all aspects of farming life and everything that implies," the school said.
"The children have had a range of opportunities to discuss this issue, both in terms of the food cycle and the ethical aspect.
"It is important for everyone to move on from this issue, so the children can focus on their education."
The continuing education of these adults is not what these children are after. Indoctrination is what they’re after.
In the end, they’ll probably succeed in turning these adults into children, just like themselves.
(Reader Tin Tin emailed that in the other day)