By Helen Regan
June 5, 2015

An Oklahoma school has found itself in hot water after a video surfaced online featuring several of its students performing a choreographed “dance” with dead cats to a popular jingle.

The cats were the subjects of a biology class on feline dissection at the prestigious Harding Charter Preparatory High School, reports CBS News.

After drawing criticism from animal-rights group People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the school said Thursday that it would end that particular class.

In the video, nine students can be seen using the dead cats as grisly puppets while making them dance to the Meow Mix cat-food commercial jingle. According to CBS, the video was made in 2013 and the teacher responsible for the students has been disciplined.

The school’s assistant principal Mylo Miller said teachers were trying to find a replacement anatomy class and said they hadn’t ruled out dissecting a different animal.

“I think it was students who made a mistake and hopefully they’ll learn from it,” Harding Charter’s principal Justin Hunt told KWTV when the incident first came to light last month.

[CBS News]

Write to Helen Regan at helen.regan@timeasia.com.

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