Should Classroom Pets Be Banned?

September is a time to get to know new teachers and classmates. For some kids, it’s also time to meet classroom pets. Many teachers keep fish, hamsters, or other pets in their rooms. They say having kids help care for the pets teaches responsibility. But some schools are banning pets. They say that pets can be harmful to kids with allergies and are hard to care for on school breaks. What do you think?

Here’s what two of our readers think.

Schools should ban pets. Some pets need constant care. Others make noise or stink up the classroom if their cages or tanks aren’t cleaned well. And being in a noisy classroom can be stressful for animals.

Patrick McKinney, Ohio

Pets are a fun way for students to learn about animals. They also teach kids how to work together as a team. Last year, my class had a bearded dragon named Elliot as a pet. My classmates took turns feeding Elliot and cleaning his tank.

D’Lasia Mays, Texas

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