LaGrande, OR – The LaGrande School District had a program which should be in every school across the nation – a program to teach children about dog safety.
Heading up the program was the Blue Mountain Humane Association.
Last Wednesday, Lani Blaylock, a deputy with the animal enforcement division of the Union County Sheriff’s Department, was visiting Willow Elementary to teach the children about dog-bite safety.
Aiding Deputy Blaylock with the demonstration was her dog, Bomani – a Blue-nose Pit bull.
Bomani has visited elementary schools before – never with any type of problem. In fact, the dog has always been exceptionally gentle with children.
But that did not matter to the man in charge – Superintendent Larry Glaze.
Glaze ordered the school’s principal to have Bomani removed immediately from the school.
Glaze considers Pit bulls to be dangerous. Glaze feels that Bomani’s presence in the school puts the children in jeopardy.
Glaze told the Blue Mountain Humane Society that they could continue on with their program, if they choose a “gentler breed” of dog.
Outright discrimination from the man in charge.
His narrow-minded beliefs now have put the entire dog safety program in jeopardy.
The Blue Mountain Humane Society, who has been conducting these classes since 2008, no longer is willing to offer the program to the students because they do not agree with the unfair breed ban.
The Blue Mountain Humane Society’s program is something that we should see in every school across the nation.
Now, one man suffering from a severe case of breed discrimination, has ruined it for this school…a school which could be the model for many other schools.
Superintendent Larry Glaze, a man whose life is surrounded by education, needs to be educated.
Superintendent Larry Glaze needs to know that there is more to this breed than what is flashed across main-stream media.
Superintendent Glaze should learn that any dog can bite – not just Pit bulls.
If you would like to share your thoughts (please be respectful) with Superintendent Larry Glaze, please click this link where you can access his email. Superintendent Glaze can be reached at 541-663-3202.
Perhaps Superintendent Glaze should read this story about Pit bulls – so that he can learn more about who they really are.
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