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Call to action! 15 year old stands up for animals and is targeted by teachers!

15 year old refuses to participate in touring an animal research facility and is publicly humiliated and targeted by teacher!
Call to action!
15 year old refuses to participate in touring an animal research facility and is publicly humiliated and targeted by teacher!
C3 students were notified on 7/12 that they would have to go to the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton for a field trip on 7/12. They were given extensive rules to follow for this field trip including no cell-phones, cameras etc. This institute is a literal hell for primates; they are subjected to excruciating medical testing that has not resulted in cures or medical break troughs. A 15 year old student in this class educated her peers on the torture that takes place at this facility. She passed out informative information packets on animal testing and this facility to her classmates and told them and her teacher Holly Thompson, she could not morally go on this field-trip (before class as not to disrupt class ).This student, told the teacher she was disappointed in this program and didn't understand how they could support this facility. The teacher, in front of other students told this student she would never make it as a nurse (this is her life goal, to help people) if she couldn't handle animal testing. The teacher also told her she would lose points for not going.
Students in this program are considered at risk and disadvantaged. This particular student has risen above life obstacles that many don't face in their entire life-time. This program gave her hope for the future, helped her find a career path (nursing), set goals and then tore her down, telling her she won't make it as a nurse because she is standing up for something she believes in. The teacher targeted her in class for the rest of the day, the student remained polite but the teacher humiliated her and smashed her confidence once again. These students' guardians have taken her out of this class to prevent future targeting and humiliation from this vindictive teacher. Please stand with this student and show solidarity by letting the teacher and this program know that they should not force students to attend animal research facilities or tear them down for their beliefs. This is a four year program and we hope this student can attend again, with supportive educated instructors that can embrace differences and create a safe learning environment.
Please call, Holly the teacher at 503-915-2664 or email her at  Hollyi@mail.irco.org and let her know this behavior is not okay.
Or
Victoria Libov 503.234.1541  VictoriaL@mail.irco.org


The C3 program is a program established by IRCO (The immigrant and Refugee Community Organization) helps High school students set goals and prepare for their future by setting goals, building confidence and touring local Colleges.

Solidarity! Lets support the next generation of Animal rights activist!

What idiot.... 17.Jul.2012 03:12

nathan

What idiot chose this obviously polarizing and controversial field trip and made it mandatory for students?

Whatever benefit the teacher might believe there was to this visit, she lacked basic common sense. Or maybe she assumed "at risk" youths wouldn't have an opinion? Or they should "be grateful"? The arrogance is overwhelming.

Also the teacher is lying, or at least not telling the whole truth: NO ONE I know of who is a nurse(RN or LP) is required to have personal contact with animal testing in the course of their job.

I get they may have wanted a serious science outing. But the sensible thing would either to have chosen something obviously less controversial, or provide an option to conscientious objectioners.

Teacher: "I had NO IDEA this could possibly be upsetting to anyone! Because I have been living in a cave!"

What a moron. Grade the teachers judgement: F-

wow really 17.Jul.2012 10:12

unapreciated

wow how is it that a kid can party, get drunk and do things that hurt themselves but when a young adoult speaks his or her beliefs and stands up for others and creatures who cannot comunicate and protect them selves aganst the evil of our world. he or she will get bullied by their teacher and verbaly degrated by a person who should be proud of them for doing the reserch and getting the info about the company they have such strong feelings about.I believe that teacher should be given a choice a public apoligy and classes to re-teach this person how to interact with kids or find a new job kids have a hard enough time with there peers teasing, picking on or making fun of them. The teacher is suposed to be there when you have questions, when you are not sure or confused. Teachers are suposed to be people to look up to and more and more are becoming slopy, uninterested, uncarring, spiteful and down right mean. These young people are our future and I dont want a bunch of self loathing people taking care of me when I'm invallid or in a nursing home I want the girl or boy who believes in themselve and would stand up and speak what she believes, someone who truly cares.

tried to call 17.Jul.2012 10:23

grandma phyllisredmon@gmail.com

i support you, tried to call but the teacher hung up on us. ummm no surprise there

530 894 8281

Good job cousin! 17.Jul.2012 10:27

Your family!

We all love and support you! Even Grandma will be calling :) Keep your head up!

Thank you for your support 17.Jul.2012 11:10

Sarah

Thank you all so very much! My teacher still hasn't said she was sorry, I don't think i will be going back to that class because it doesn't feel safe and I dont think Holly should be teaching. I was nice and polite but I have strong beliefs and if someone is going to tear me down then i shouldn't have to take it. I dont feel like its safe for me to be in this class. I know I can be a nurse and still try to make the world better. Thank you so much for all of the support! Please keep writing and calling so we can help get Holly trained and prevent future field trips to this place.

Thanks Sarah

LOL!! 17.Jul.2012 12:57

LOL!!

LOL!!!! I'm so sure that happened. Seems a little out there for a teacher to totally bash a CHILD for their beliefs. That place tours hundreds of schools a year, I've been there, and was given the option of not attending with out losing any points. Although, I don't completely agree with animal testing, I went for educational purposes, as I too want to be a nurse. I expect this kind of slander from uneducated people and family members.

She apologized (kinda) 17.Jul.2012 14:02

Thank You for your support IMC! *please no threats of harm*

Thank you PIMC for your support! We would like to remind everyone that this is about how a student was treated for expressing their thoughts and concerns about going to this facility and the inappropriate nature in-which this teacher handled the situation.Lets keep this peaceful and not threaten the teacher! We are not asking for her to be threatened or harmed. We all need room to learn and re-educate ourselves, and I think Holly is on her way. The organization agreed to investigate this and the High School handled it well. We can now focus our energy elsewhere! Again thank you for being a great community!

Re lol 17.Jul.2012 14:22

fail

This "Seems out there"? You must be the only person who has never had an authority figure like a teacher throw around their power to make you feel like a piece of shit when you challenge them. The community and family are supporting this bright lady, that is amazing in itself. Just because that facility gives hundreds of tours doesn't mean it ethical. Just because you dont like what is being said about you doesnt mean its not true. Thanks for your input, this issue has been resolved and investigated.

investigation 17.Jul.2012 16:09

appalled

to lol you must be the "teacher" in question or living on another planet, the media is filled with stories of adults in authority positions who have acted out of line with students. Why would you laugh at this situation and treat it as a joke, that type of attitude is why these situations happen. Who knows why this teacher decided to react the way she did but its not the least bit funny. Grow up and look at the world around you. I am interested in how the school will handle this, will it be swept under the carpet and the teacher patted on the back? Has the teacher even owned her part of this and apoligized? Thank you too the student for standing up for yourself, and thanks for her family and the community for doing what is right.

RE: LOL 17.Jul.2012 20:04

RE: LOL

How do we know what really was said? What if this student has a history of accusing teachers? I want to hear from the teacher/school and see the students behavior file before I make a decision. I look forward to hearing about the schools investigation.

re: umm yea 17.Jul.2012 22:38

false

The student has witnesses and statements, this information in completely inaccurate. The information on the flier and what Holly said are different because Holly said something contrary to the attendance rules and the student knew better and wanted to inform other students.You were not one of the witnesses so therefore you prob didnt hear how she talked to the student and what she said. This student didnt ask permission to pass out fliers, she passed them out before class and during break, so "letting her pass them out" also shows you are misinformed. The majority of students in this course are not aware of these posts, those that are support the student. I am guessing this is you Holly or a friend? As if your lack of professionalism hasnt showed already..get a grip lady and for the love of God educate yourself before you work with this population. Also, this matter is getting resolved via your supervisors, so enough with the flame war. We understand your ego is hurt, but enough already.

slander 18.Jul.2012 07:26

Informed

Sarah,

For someone who thinks she is so smart, you are very naive. You know by putting your teachers name and home telephone on this website you could be charged with harrassment? Or by putting false information in this article that it is considered libel and you could be charged with defamation of character and slander? Your poor teacher is probably getting all kinds of threat and that is not right.

You should be expelled from your school. Grow and learn something from this.

Informed

Childish 19.Jul.2012 11:50

wouldnt you like to know

This article is so totally bogus. i don't know how you allow a 15 year old to do this to a teacher. Especially one thats willing to work in this program to begin with. Grow up little girl. Be glad your not in a boarding or christian school because you wouldnt be doing this to a teacher then. You might actually have some respect then! My prayers are with the teacher if this is the kind of student she has to deal with!

Disturbing Trend of Our Youth ! 21.Jul.2012 14:08

I respect teachers !

What is disturbing for me is a 15 year old youth (supported by her grandma) being able to say all this about her teacher and post her teacher's home phone on the web so that she be harassed.Isn't that disturbing?This teacher might have family too! If one is so caring for animals, shouldn't he/she have some empathy and respect to another human being? And what is this media? Does it inquire issues or just post such insane articles?

Sad day for teachers ! 21.Jul.2012 14:19

Have Empathy !

Well if you are a teacher who is trying to get some knowledge to your students and if one of your students for any reason decides to post anything about you, I guess there is nothing you can do. What I don't understand about this website is that it doesn't event try to see the other side of the story. A 15 year old is the victim, reporter, and moderator of this discussion. The student is trying to protect animals while to destroy a good human being who is trying to give her advice. It is a sad day to be a teacher. And Grandma ! Kudos you have done a good job..........a very very good job mentoring your grand kid.Get a grasp of reality !

Sad day for teachers ! 21.Jul.2012 14:19

Have Empathy !

Well if you are a teacher who is trying to get some knowledge to your students and if one of your students for any reason decides to post anything about you, I guess there is nothing you can do. What I don't understand about this website is that it doesn't event try to see the other side of the story. A 15 year old is the victim, reporter, and moderator of this discussion. The student is trying to protect animals while to destroy a good human being who is trying to give her advice. It is a sad day to be a teacher. And Grandma ! Kudos you have done a good job..........a very very good job mentoring your grand kid.Get a grasp of reality !

Whitecoat Welfare 22.Jul.2012 11:32

monkey#45632

Non Human Primates (NHP) kiss, hold hands, and can be
taught to do anything we can do except speak. They are genetically 98%
the same as us, so much that we have to call them Non Human Primates.
NHPS' form lifelong bonds and rely heavily on their mother's touch for
most of their lives. They are capable of the same range of emotions
that we humans are. They can live up to 50 years of age. Yet we subject
NHPS' to evasive research, and too lonely lives in 4 x 6 cold steel
cages that exists to provide comprehensive, clinical and non-clinical research that
meets the requirements of pharmaceutical, medical device, animal
health, and chemical companies as well as governmental agencies whom
would like us to believe that these forms of research are a necessity,
and the results extrapolated from the animals will promise us cures and safer,
healthier products for the worldó Yet there are all sorts of problems with
with animal testing. Not only is it expensive, but this form of
research is often inconclusive. Maybe 25% of test results are deemed usable. Results can be easily manipulated switching animals until researchers get the results they were
looking for. Results: 25 million animals yearly suffer and die in the labs, and humans are still at risk. Time has proven that adverse drug effects in humans represent 15% of all people admitted to emergency rooms. Monies spent on studying animals might be better spent on
studying and finding human cures. Science today has alternatives, so let's
move science out of the dark ages, and explore the human gene. Put
an end to these "archaic" animal experiments and stop subjecting NHPS and
other animals to stressful lives in laboratories, as test subjects in a
very cruel and out dated form of science.

We need compassionate healthcare providers . Who will not turn a blind eye to the suffering of any animal in front of them.

Let's be real ! 29.Jul.2012 14:45

What would you do without testing on animals

For all of you out there who claim to be supporting animal right, don't forget the fact that you or your family members probably benefit from it. My son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was only 7. He is alive today because of the insulin extracted from pigs and cows ( in the 1980s) and the recent controlling mechanisms/hormones adopted through animal testing. If it wasn't for animal testing, diabetes would have claimed many lives. My son is in his 40s and he is alive today because of science! And that science was built through animal testing. By the way, the animals are also benefiting from the scientific finding. Cats and dogs who used to die from diabetes can today live longer by using insulin. So whether it is the 15 year old animal defender or the others who are trying to be animal lovers, be real!