Tyler Hurd, a 23-year-old high school junior in St. Cloud, Minn., felt compelled to leave a teacher-training program at Technical High School when Muslim students reportedly threatened to kill his service dog Emmitt because it is forbidden for Muslims to pet a dog.
The black lab has been trained to work with Hurd who suffers seizures after a childhood head injury. He wants to be a special education teacher but found a very hostile response from many of the students, particularly those from Somali families.
While the teachers say that this is a misunderstanding, it is hard to see how this situation developed without early intervention. If a threat was made, the question is what the officials did with the student who threatened the dog. This is not a religious question. This is a disciplinary question. The student should have been expelled from such a threat, which combined not only a threat of animal cruelty but by extension an attack on a disabled individual.
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