Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

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Redditor mrfahrenheit94 tells the story of an elementary teacher. She didn't believe her young student when he said he'd brought his cat to school -until he opened his backpack! The child's parents were called to come pick up the cat, who was undoubtedly happy to go home in a car instead of a backpack. Did you ever take a pet to school, thinking it was a great idea? Link

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I teach 5th grade. During my first year, I also had a student bring her cat to school in her backpack. Some other students saw her giving it a drink from the water fountain and ratted her out :) I also had a little girl bring six frogs to school in her backpack. Unfortunately, only two were still alive by the time that they were discovered.
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I was always bringing the spiders and snakes and lizards that I caught in the fields around my house to show and tell when I was a little girl. The teacher didn't mind, but the bus driver certainly did--especially when the critters inevitably escaped on the ride home!

My sister took a litter of puppies for show and tell when she was in kindergarten. My mom taught at the same school, and her teacher called her up in a panic when Sis's eyes swelled shut because she was (and still is) so allergic to dogs.--or possibly 5 pups plus 15 5 year olds was just a bad combination. Either way, I never got to take dogs or cats to school.
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My sister's friend sneaked her rabbit into school. The principal found out and called her parents. The principal and the parents weren't happy.
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We were big on pets for show-and-tell when I was in kindergarten. I remember my mom bringing a chicken in a cage one time and I seem to also remember bringing a litter of kittens.
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