Readin’ Ritin’ and Taxidermy? Principal Under Fire

A South Carolina high school principal removed his hunting taxidermy mounts from his school office after a newspaper story resulted in a few complaints from parents of students.

Summerville High School Principal Buddy Chapel had a “stuffed lioness, antelopes, wildebeests and other creatures — that filled every wall” according to a story Tuesday in the The Post & Courier of Charleston. The newspaper wrote a feature on Jan. 19 that elicited at least two letters to the editor about the mounts.

The newspaper reported that a school district spokeswoman said “district leaders were aware that some parents didn’t like the display but didn’t want to take sides in the debate.” The paper also reported that Chapel, a former Marine drill sergeant, let students know if they were uncomfortable with the mounts he could meet with them in another place during school hours.

“They have a great time,” he told the paper. “It’s like a big zoo for them. It hasn’t freaked any kids out that I know about.”

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