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Man wants revamp of program that killed emu he hatched

Associated Press • Nov 18, 2019 at 4:26 PM

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee man says he wants an overhaul of a school program that killed the emu he hatched with his late wife.

The Tennessean quotes Jeff Norman as saying the bird named Charlie was one of the couple’s last projects before Jil Norman’s death in 2018. He says he then found a place for Charlie at McGavock High School, which he and his family later would visit to reminisce about his wife.

Science teacher Jessica Lumpkins was charged with animal cruelty last week during a surprise inspection by Metro Animal Care and Control, which previously said the emu was thin. The 33-year-old was cited with animal cruelty in March after four school alpacas died. System spokesman Sean Braisted says animals are being removed from McGavock, which Lumpkins has since left.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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