N-MUSD received a letter last week from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based organization accusing Newport Harbor High School students of mistreating cat carcasses intended for dissection in class and then publishing the images online.
The Anatomy class at NHHS has been using cat cadavers as part of the classroom lab work. Part of the lab work process is to document the cadavers in photographs. Clearly, based on the information received, some students acted inappropriately.
The issue was immediately addressed by Newport-Harbor High School Principal Michael Vossen. He took swift action on this incident and the students involved have been counseled and received disciplinary action as appropriate. The classroom teacher has also be counseled regarding photos taken during this kind of lab work.
Newport-Mesa Unified is committed to resolving this issue. We will continue to provide the necessary resources to students and staff in an effort to prevent this type of incident from occurring in the future.