Lab provides insight on fetus found at Cape Coral High School
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Cape Coral, Fla. - More now on the story we broke Monday about a human fetus found in a jar at Cape Coral High School.
You've been asking us questions all week on our website and on Facebook. The primary question is - is it against the law to have a human fetus in a jar, in a classroom?
The answer to that is simple......it's not against the law if there's no law against it. There are states where it would be against the law to possess a fetus, but Florida isn't one of them. The second most common question is - is this normal?
"No, it's not normal," says Keith Barker, whose company, Carolina Biological is the leading supplier for animal specimens for use as educational tools. He says the discovery of, as sheriff's and medical examiners reports say, "....a human specimen in a mason jar filled with formalin, inside a brown paper bag........", is "not what you'd expect in a high school classroom".
So what would you expect to see at a school? "Earthworms to frogs and fetal pigs and things like that at the high school level," added Barker. When asked if he knew of any situation where they use specimens in jars he said, "I can't, I don't know of any such, no". When asked how long has it been since jars were used he replied, "I'm afraid to put a date on it, probably for 25 or 30 years".
So, even though the school district has said a retired teacher got it from a previously retired teacher, where could it have originally come from? "It doesn't sound like it would have come from any commercial preparer of specimens in a mason jar," he added. "I would be quite surprised". When asked for his best, educated guess as to where the school might have gotten it he said, "It is pure speculation but someone may have preserved it on their own"
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is still investigating and so are we. FOX4 has contacted the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Ethics Commission but are still waiting for answers.
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