Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cat in school

I spoke with someone from one of the schools today. Apparently a kitten ran into the school yesterday and she has been trying to look after it. The children in the school have special needs, and they apparently love the kitten.

The woman thought it would be good to set aside a little corner and have the kitten as a school cat. Unfortunately the manager of the school took one look at the cat and ran into the office and slammed the door and refused to come out. He is apparently terrified of the kitten and said that it had to go.

He then called the SPCA this morning. I spoke with the woman and suggested I speak with the manager but she says she worries that it might jeopardise her job. She said at the worst, she will take the cat home herself.

I explained that in other countries like Hong Kong, they've found that animals can help with children with learning disabilities, for example the Professor Paws programme. In addition, I have met some of the students at this school and I had a feeling they would in general really take to the cat - which the woman confirmed.

It's a shame that one manager's fear is standing in the way of a cat being made a welcome addition to the community.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dawn, hope that you can mediate the situation successfully for the benefits of the kids and the kitten.

30/8/07 11:24 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The woman has asked that I not get involved as she's worried her manager will get angry with her - so I'm waiting to hear from her.

30/8/07 11:28 AM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

I am concerned that a manager of a school with children of special needs has such an adverse reactioin to a little kitten "with special needs". I think the manager needs to have self reflection and see if he needs counselling. It is now an issue no longer concerning a kitten but himself and his attitude on kindness and compassion especially when he agrees to sending the kitten to be killed, for quite good certainty, atthe SPCA. I would advise the boss of any schools such as this to ask applicants on their attiude towards animals as the lack of it tells a lot of their suitability to teach and be role models.

30/8/07 11:34 AM  
Blogger lingcat said...

It will be very selfish of the manager if he insist on the removal of the cat. For the fear from one person, the children will be denied the benefit of having a school cat.

30/8/07 11:44 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - I hope the lady I spoke to can convince him. I mentioned several of the benefits of cats being with children.

30/8/07 12:06 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

he sounds like a tyrannical boss ... unpleasant, to say the least ...

i wonder how he will react to my pet tarantula *wink*

30/8/07 12:31 PM  
Blogger Sivasothi said...

Great for all kids to have some interaction with animals, see Lekowala's blog :-)

30/8/07 12:33 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

actually if the woman has space in her home for a cat, and her family likes cats, it would be better for her to take the cat home cos cats make good companions ...

even if the current principal/manager approves of the kitten, u won't know if the next guy thinks the same ...

30/8/07 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The manager's behaviour suggests that he/she is NOT the right person for the job. What a childish behaviour infront of a subordinate...and working in a special needs school too. It is best the manager stays at home to throw "scared" tantrum.
You need special people to work in special needs school - not the "something wrong one". If you are scared of a little kitten, there MUST be something wrong.
That is problem with the Govt-the best people go to the best schools - and for for people/children with special needs, they have the left-overs- except for dedicated people who request for such 'lowly' posts.
If i have a child in that school - i will ask for a pet corner.

30/8/07 12:48 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

I think it's better to call the police to send their SWAT team down and shoot that dangerous kitten before it eats up everyone in that school. Kittens are considered the most dangerous animals on this planet.

30/8/07 6:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

surferket - LOL

Otterman - what a cute kitten!

30/8/07 8:52 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

Manager has severe disabilities, one of which is fear of kittens. Now he is using his selfishness and fear to deprive children the benefits of animals for learning and healing.

Poor kids.

30/8/07 9:18 PM  
Anonymous corinne said...

hi dawn, can you email as much info as possible about the benefits of interacting with animals for special needs kids, to the lady in the school?

And perhaps, cc to the relevant boss of the manager of the school?

30/8/07 10:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Corinne, I didn't hear back from her - just dropped her another email to see what is happening. I wouldn't want her to get into trouble as well.

30/8/07 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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31/8/07 9:05 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I've taken that out because it was potentially defamatory.

31/8/07 9:35 AM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

Is it possible to email the principal of the school instead? S/He might have a different approach. No need to mention names, just something about you heard that the kids love the kitten and how it's a shame that they'll miss it since the kitten is being sent to the SPCA.

31/8/07 11:43 AM  
Anonymous no patience said...

You mean the kitten been killed? This is outrageous, what kind of holocaustic school is this? Murder most foul, and nothing is done to correct the attitude?

31/8/07 12:36 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I told the lady that - that I wouldn't mention her name, but she said that the manager would know it was her and she seemed quite worried. She indicated she would take the cat home otherwise. I tried to call this morning but could not get her.

31/8/07 1:01 PM  

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