Port Angeles School Board to ban classroom pets

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- The Port Angeles School Board is banning classroom pets because of concerns that dogs, rabbits, snakes and baby chicks threaten student health and safety.

The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://is.gd/Nw0ZNP ) the board voted in favor of the ban this week and will take a final vote at its June 11 meeting.

The board member who voted against the ban, Sarah Methner, says, "It's a nanny state gone wild."

Superintendent Jane Pryne says the rule was prompted by complaints against a few teachers who let their dogs run in the hallways.

Board Vice President Lonnie Linn says a review by legal and insurance teams found that almost any animal in a classroom is an unacceptable risk, especially for disease such as salmonella.

Fish tanks and service animals would still be OK.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com