CAPE CORAL, Florida (WBBH) – An investigation is underway after a teacher found a fetus in a jar at Cape Coral High School at the beginning of the school year.
According to a report, Life Skills teacher Robert Snyder found a brown paper bag containing a mason jar filled with liquid in a rolling cabinet.
Snyder told deputies there was an ‘unknown object’ of soft tissue inside. The investigation revealed the floating form was a human fetus. Snyder told deputies he had never seen the fetus before and it wasn’t a part of his lesson plan.
Lee County School District officials said the fetus was used as a teaching tool and is at least 20 years old. It was left at the school by a former child development teacher.
The former teacher says the fetus was given to her by a retiring science teacher.
Amity Chandler of the Lee County District released a statement that said, “A former child development teacher no longer at the school advised the product in question was used by her for over a decade as a teaching tool. It was given to her by a retiring science teacher who had used it in the classroom for an unknown number of years.”
The shocking discovery was made after furniture was moved around over the summer.
Parents with students at Cape Coral High School had mixed reactions.
“While it feels extreme and graphic, its reality,” says Gwen Garfall, a mother of a senior at Cape Coral High.
“In biology, frogs are enough; maybe, a mammal of some sort [is okay] but not a baby,” replied Linda Harris, grandmother of a Cape Coral High student.
According to National Conference of State Legislatures, Florida has no restrictions on the purchase or sale of human tissue for research.
The State Department of Heath, the State Department of Education, the Association of Medical Colleges, law enforcement and other agencies were contacted but no one could give a definite answer as to whether it’s legal to own a human fetus in the state of Florida that is no longer being used for science.