Vegan teacher to skip school

Vegan teacher to skip school

There are 200 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 10, 2007, titled Vegan teacher to skip school. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

An art teacher removed from the classroom for encouraging pupils not to eat meat vowed Monday not to return to Fox River Grove Middle School until it eliminates milk and all other animal products from the lunch ...

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United States

#1 Sep 11, 2007
This is fantastic news! Good for him for being so brave!

Wilmerding, PA

#2 Sep 11, 2007
Sure, let force the vegan ways in a nazi manner, and cause a negaitive PR stunt.
Very imature,
Walt W

Simpsonville, SC

#3 Sep 11, 2007
How dare you promote this freaks agenda?
We have enough problems with idiots on the news is it necessary to advance this persons harmful comments?

United States

#4 Sep 11, 2007
How pathetic. Good for him that he's vegan, but it's terrible that he's trying to force his life choices on the student population. Eating regular food will not put the students in any danger. If he were complaining about the over-abundance of fast food merchants (taco bell, mcdonalds, pizza hut) that were peddling their food instead of the cafeteria offering healthier & more nutritious food (that's non-vegan), then that would be different. Heck, if he were even just arguing for a vegan alternative that would be fine. By trying to force his viewpoints on people (kids) who are not entirely aware of the viewpoint & abusing his station in order to sway said viewpoints he is being 10x worse than the "people who are poisoning the kids".
Besides, an all vegan menu is not cost effective. A $2 lunch would turn into a $10 lunch & go beyond the budget of the school. Another overlooked fact of veganism is the amount of nutritional supplements (vitamins) that are necessary to replace missing nutrients that can only be gotten from eating animal protiens.

If he was offering the information as an alternative & not resorting to scare tactics & trying to say it the ONLY way to live, that would be fine. Instead he's forcing it on people. How different is this from people who walk around trying to make everyone the same religion? Maybe he's not a suicide bomber, but the emotions are the same.

Charlotte, NC

#6 Sep 11, 2007
This guy is nuts. He has no business around kids. It is about him and how crazy he is. Humans eat meat. They are not healthy without it.

Glad he's gone.

United States

#7 Sep 11, 2007
PETA ... People Eating Tasty Animals. Stay home you tree hugging doofus !

United States

#8 Sep 11, 2007
colleen wrote:
This is fantastic news! Good for him for being so brave!
You are sooo dim!


#9 Sep 11, 2007
How can this Wisconsin resident work for an Illinois school?

United States

#10 Sep 11, 2007
He has no right to insist the world or school change to his way of thinking or believing. He should be fired for refusing to work.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

#11 Sep 11, 2007

Just... wow.

Highland, MI

#12 Sep 11, 2007
Apparently, this teacher has not done his homework, or he would know that a vegan diet has many shortcomings and is based upon faulty reasoning. Without animal proteins, children often develop learning disabilities. Look up veganism and Seventh Day Adventists to see for yourself. Humans are omnivores, not herbivores. This man is brainwashed and is trying to push his narrow-minded agenda on other people's children. He doesn't belong in any classroom, and should be fired immediately.

Louisville, KY

#13 Sep 11, 2007
I hate say it and I hope some of the comments here won't go completely overboard. But, yeah, he's a whack job. Note also that this guy is their art teacher, not their health and nutrition teacher. He had no business doing another teacher's job and I doubt he consulted with the health teacher. The Wisconsin comment was dumb. Very few districts in Illinois have residency requirements for teachers, nor should they. There are Illinois residents that work out of state. The issue here is the guy's fitnesss to teach. I hope his district reports him to the state so no schoolchildren are exposed to him.

United States

#14 Sep 11, 2007
This guy's actions prove #4 on the list below. B12 comes only from animal sorces (even suppliments are made from animals)

It is important to recognize the 5 warning signs of B12 deficiency.

1. Stomach pain or digestive issues
2. Fatigue and weakness
3. Loss of sensation or tingling in lower extremities
4. Impaired cognitive function or dementia
5. Depression, irritability or moodiness

There is a high incidence of B12 deficiency in a few select groups. First, vegetarians or vegans who completely avoid animal based foods are at risk. Children who follow strict vegetarian diets absent of dairy products are particularly susceptible to low levels of the vitamin. Also, it is estimated that a high percentage of the elderly have some level of B12 deficiency. This is because as we age, our ability to extract and absorb B12 from food-based protein sources diminishes. Also, seniors are more likely to have digestive problems, a degraded stomach lining, or have gone through some form of gastro-intestinal surgery. This contributes to the possibility of deficiency among this population. Finally, large amounts of alcohol and caffeine have been shown to decrease the ability of the body to absorb the vitamin.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#15 Sep 11, 2007
This teacher should stick to his curriculum in ART class. He is abusing his position of power over these children to promote his own agenda. If he'd promote an alternative vegan menu next to the regular one, then so be it... but now he is enforcing his will upon others, wich i find very very bad.
William Bay

United States

#16 Sep 11, 2007
why don't you mind your own business. keep this freak out of our schools. Religious zealots and other freaks who impose their will on others should keep their big mouths shut.

Teaneck, NJ

#17 Sep 11, 2007
This is a disgrace to all vegans. I understand the very relevant point he is trying to make, but unfortunately, it ALWAYS seems to be people like this who make the news, not the thousands of other sensible vegans, like myself, who don't bother anyone else with their own dietary choices.

People like this make the cause look so radical that most are reluctant to join it, and make it more difficult for vegans everywhere to live our lives and eat what we please (just like everyone else) without ridicule.

Teaneck, NJ

#18 Sep 11, 2007
I just read all the previous posts and I wanted to add:

A vegan diet can be nutritionally sound and, contrary to popular belief, should not require supplements.

B12 deficiency develops slowly over the course of decades- the body expends only about a microgram of B12 per day. Also, most vegan foods (soymilk, cereals) are fortified with it, and it is found in vegan products such as nutritional yeast, so this is not an issue for most vegans.

Also, for those who were not aware, eating animal products are not the only way to get proteins with a full amino acid chain. First of all, some vegan products (such as soybeans) contain all the amino acids necessaru for life. Second of all, amino acids from the foods you eat can combine to form full amino acid chains. Rice and beans are one good example of two incomplete proteins that join together to form one complete protein. Most non-vegans don't eat meat at every meal, and if it were true that plant protein were worthless, they would be in a serious state of protein deficiency by now. And I would probably be dead if that were true!:P

I am actually allergic to soy, and I have done fine for years on my vegan diet. I have a clean bill of health from the doctor and meet all my nutritional requirements. I do not intend to force my beliefs on anyone else, but I hope that some of you who doubt the nutritional soundness of a vegan diet will come to learn that a vegan can be every bit as healthy as an omnivore without requiring supplements.


Allentown, PA

#19 Sep 11, 2007
What a goofball! Does he know he is an art teacher and not a health or science teacher?
Furthermore-- he is aware that homo sapiens are omnivores, right?

Allentown, PA

#20 Sep 11, 2007
They blurred out the homo in homosapiens in my last comment-- it is latin people. I am not being offensive to gay people.

Tulsa, OK

#21 Sep 11, 2007
Where are all the old vagans? All the old people I know eat meat.
I want to be old some day, seems like I should follow the example of those that are old. They seems to know what works.

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