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School disciplines teacher who showed graphic slaughterhouse video

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ARENAC COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

"It definitely was inappropriate," said Jeffrey Collier.

Collier, the superintendent of Au Gres Schools, is talking about a video a fifth-grade science teacher showed to a class during a lesson on the production of animal food products.

The video shows baby pigs being slammed to the floor, cut and beaten at a slaughter house.

"This is an excellent teacher on staff. Strong leader who made a poor decision in judgment in this particular case," Collier said.

Collier said the teacher has been with the district more than 20 years, has a great record and is very sorry about what happened.

"It was mistake. It's something that surely we don't strive for. It's something that is necessarily to the caliber of what we do here on a daily basis," Collier said.

Donna Spoon, a parent in Au Gres, thinks what the teacher did was wrong.

"That's up to the parents you know to show that. If they want their kids to see something like that to show their kids themselves," Spoon said.

The teacher is on administrative leave pending the results of a school investigation. Spoon said she hopes the teacher will be disciplined.

"I definitely think he should be reprimanded somehow. I mean that cannot happen," Spoon said.

Collier said he's leaning towards making a recommendation to the school board to retain the teacher – with conditions.

But he also wants to make sure he keeps the trust of everyone who attends school in his district.

"To make sure that our student safety is protected first and foremost from physical, mental, and emotional safety. And that's why we're doing this in such a timely yet thorough process," Collier said.

On Monday night, the school board decided to discipline the teacher with six days of unpaid leave.

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