Pigs, goats snatched from classrooms: Deaf students protest, demand action
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Outrage swirling at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. One administrator on leave. Another fired. And now students say even their animals are gone, a sign the agriculture program is on its way out too.
"They said all the animals, goats, pigs, chickens must be removed," said ASDB student Juliana Apfel.
The animals were removed by school officials. It's the latest dust-up that forced students at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind to protest on the street for days.
"It's obvious he thinks we're inferior because we can't hear," said ASDB student Nathaniel Amman.
The "he" students are talking about is School Superintendent Robert Hill. They want him to step down after placing a beloved administrator, Nancy Amman, on leave and firing the head of the agriculture program.
"My education is going to be limited as a result," said Amman.
The students tried everything before turning to the media. They tell 9OYS they sent open letters to school officials, but got no response. They also circulated online petitions and received a lot of signatures, but no action as a result.
So 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito went to campus for answers. The school tells 9 On Your Side that the agriculture program was "put on temporary hold" while they "review city codes." Officials say "the school recognizes the potential value of such a program." As far as the protests, the school writes "we understand their concerns, students have been given the opportunity to share those with us. We will work to address them quickly."
But students don't buy it.
"I feel deeply insulted," said Amman.
And worst of all, they know it's too late for the animals snatched from their classrooms.
Students tell 9OYS their pigs have most likely been slaughtered by now. And this controversy shows no signs of quieting down. The National Association of the Deaf has issued a scathing letter pushing for immediate action. No word yet on the school's response.