A dedicated teacher took to Reddit for opinions after she gave her students crabs. It may not be quite what you think, but it still made some parents extra crabby. Here is the full story.
They Have Tough Lives
OP is a 28-year-old teacher who works in a school district where many of the children come from low-income families.
She Loves Animals
Because her students might not always have the chance to own pets or even be around animals, OP always tries to have some animals in her classroom as part of her lessons.
She Got Them Ready
During the most recent school year, OP prepared her class for a unit on biology by having them write essays about various animals. She used hermit crabs as an example.
She Unveiled Her Surprise
And then, when it was time to start on the month-long lesson, OP unveiled a habitat that contained 3 hermit crabs.
Everyone Was Excited
The kids were super stoked, and OP knew this was going to be a great learning experience.
She Taught Them About Crabs
During the next month, OP had the kids take turns caring for the crabs, and they all studied how the creatures lived in the wild. They even named the crabs along the way.
She Had Bigger Plans
Before the unit ever started, OP also worked with her administration to get permission for something special.
She Was Going to Make 3 Kids Happy
OP contacted all of her students’ parents before the hermit crab unit ever began and told them that she planned to send one of the crabs home with each of 3 kids. There were no objections.
Crabs Aren’t for Everyone
Then, as the unit was winding down, OP gave her students a chance to apply to adopt one of the crabs. Of her 22 pupils, 8 applied.
Half of Them Said No
Then OP contacted those 8 sets of parents, and only 4 of them gave permission for their child to bring a crab home.
She Picked Her Top 3
So, from those final 4, OP made a judgment call and picked the 3 kids she felt most comfortable sending the crabs home with.
It Barely Made It a Week
Then, about a week after the unit was over and the crabs went to their new homes, one of the girls who had taken a crab approached OP. Her crab had died the night before.
They Were Both Sad
OP was sad to hear this news and she could see the girl was upset, so she sent her to the guidance counselor.
The school had a program for helping deal with grief, and that was the starting point.
She Wanted to Help
OP didn’t stop there, though. Instead she reached out to the girl’s mother to see if she could help in any other way.
It Started to Get Hot
And that’s when the situation got really tense for OP.
Mom Was Mad at Her
The girl’s mother said OP was an a****** for giving her daughter a pet.
She said the girl had been crying nonstop, and it was all OP’s fault.
He Turned on Her
Then the mom complained to the administration, and OP got called on the carpet by her principal, who said the whole thing was a bad idea.
She Did It on Purpose
The principal accused OP of knowingly harming an animal and causing grief and pain for her student.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Now, OP is beside herself and doesn’t know what to think.
She was trying to do something nice and educational, and she went through all the proper channels, but now everyone has turned against her.
It’s a Tough Call
Redditors are somewhat mixed on this one.
Many of them express disbelief in the nerve the girl’s mother had for complaining about OP when she agreed to the whole thing.
But others say it’s rarely a good idea to give a live animal to anyone and offer suggestions about how OP can avoid similar situations in the future.
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