SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is offering an empathy course to Sharon Schools following alleged animal abuse incidents.

According to Humane Society of Mercer County’s Chief Humane Officer Paul Tobin, the agency received a message last week about a video circulating of Sharon Middle School students engaging in animal cruelty acts to a mother cat and her kittens. 

The Humane Society is investigating.

PETA said it was the second incident in just over two weeks. They say two teens also let two dogs maul a cat.

As part of its TeachKind program, PETA wrote a letter to Superintendent Justi Galros offering to provide the district with a kindness to animals curriculum called “Empathy Now,” aimed at preventing youth violence against animals.

The group is also offering to host free empathy-building virtual presentations to help prevent future violence.

“When children are taught that animals deserve respect, they learn to be kind to everyone,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Programs Marta Holmberg. “TeachKind is on standby to help schools teach students that violence is wrong, whether the victim is a cat or a classmate.”

In a statement to First News, Sharon Schools said:

It’s the understanding of the Sharon City School District that there is an ongoing police investigation into the ‘alleged actions of a few students.’ Ms. Glaros, Superintendent of Schools, has been in contact with PETA. Ms. Glaros and the District’s Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment will be discussing with the PETA team how we can work together to provide support for students and staff regarding the impact of this incident on their well-being and create awareness of the importance of empathy and compassion.