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Videos Of Rat Abuse At Petaluma High School Prompt Outcry

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Instagram videos were found of Sonoma County high school students killing rats at a wildlife museum.

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PETALUMA (CBS SF/AP)  — Videos showing Petaluma high school students abusing rats at an on-campus wildlife museum have sparked outrage and a petition to the governor asking him to shut down the nonprofit program.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Thursday that the videos, posted to an anonymous student’s Instagram account, show at least two students slamming live rats against a wall or a bin to kill them. The incidents are believed to have occurred late last year and in February at the Petaluma Wildlife Museum, a private-public partnership that provides students with hands-on animal husbandry schoolwork and job experience with the nonprofit museum.

School and museum officials say the students involved have been disciplined. Student disciplinary records are confidential, but officials tell the newspaper the students involved have been removed from the program.

A Change.org petition to Gov. Jerry Brown has more than a thousand signatures.

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