Harding Charter Preparatory High School Students Use Dead Cats In Bizarre ‘Dance’ Video

Animal rights activists are blasting a top-ranked Oklahoma charter school after its students were seen on video using dead cats to act out dance moves, set to the jingle used in commercials for Meow Mix cat food.

The video, originally posted on Facebook but uploaded to YouTube Tuesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was filmed last year in a classroom at the Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City.

In the clip, students wearing white jackets hold up the feline corpses and move them in a synchronized routine to the music, while a student in front with another dead cat acts as conductor. No teacher is seen in the video, and it’s not clear whether a teacher played any role in producing it.

WARNING: The video above may be disturbing to some viewers.

PETA said the cats were intended for dissection as part of classroom experiments.

Local media including KFOR and NewsOK said officials from the school did not respond to requests for comment, and the school has shut down its Facebook page, which had been active as recently as Monday. PETA also said its letters to the school have gone unanswered.

However, using the Freedom of Information Act, the organization obtained an email exchange between Harding principal Justin Hunt and a state official asking about the incident.

“Most of the students in the video were no longer students here at HCP when I had received the video, so they were not punished,” Hunt wrote in the documents, which PETA shared with The Huffington Post.

He wrote:

I have had conversations with the teacher. She has ensured me that this will never happen again. This is completely out of character for our students and especially our staff. The —> Read More