High School Kept Dead Baby in Jar

A high school in Florida used a dead baby preserved in a jar for at least a decade. WTF?

A teacher discovered a jar in a paper bag in a cabinet upon returning from summer vacation, according to The Daily Caller. The unborn baby's age was estimated to be about 16 and 19 weeks with eyes and toes clearly visible.
“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,” said a school district representative in a statement. “It was given to her by a retiring science teacher who had used it in the classroom for an unknown number of years.”

It’s not clear how the science teacher came into possession of a well-preserved human fetus. WBBH notes that Florida does not restrict the sale or purchase of human tissue for research purposes.

Obviously, high school courses such as life skills and child development hardly qualify as research.
So a dead baby in a jar has been used in classrooms for at least a decade and nobody knows anything about it? Don't you think that would've caused a little hubbub in the hallways? Don't you think the tenth graders would've been chatting about seeing something like that? Come on. Give me a break here.

Who keeps a dead baby in a jar to show it to children?



  1. "Who keeps a dead baby in a jar to show it to children?" The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, that's who. Rather, they keep 24 of them. http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/you/the-exhibit/your-beginning/prenatal-development/ Honestly, I don't like all the mummies on display at the Field Museum, either. They are still PEOPLE.

  2. Unfortunately, I don't think this was uncommon back in the 1980's... I could be wrong, but I believe there was a preborn "child in jar" in the middle school I attended back then here in Connecticut. :(

  3. @Tracy
    Great point. There is a secular trend to value human bodies only through the meaning they have for currently living people. Hence unwanted babies' bodies being treated this way. If we really believe that we need to treat the dead person with respect then why does it matter if they have been dead for 1 year or 1000?

  4. A bit creepy. It's human. This reminds of those creepy anti abortion people that would throw fetuses at people in protest. I don't like this sort of thing or graphic anti abortion pictures either. They all are very disrespectful of human dignity. Perhaps a good may come of this in that teenagers can see how well developed a first trimester baby is and that it isn't a clump of cells. It's a baby and life has truly begun.

  5. This is sick, for sure.... But as Planned Parenthood and the Abortion-Industry knows, exposure to the truth is the enemy of the pro-aborts. This might be a good thing

  6. Yes, it is so wrong to have kept the body of an unborn person like that....

    but would you please lose the WTF?

  7. My biology teacher had a bunch of them, all different stages, and no one batted an eye. I have no idea how he obtained them, and of course at that age I didn't question it. We used them for models in a project where we drew and described each stage of a baby's development; we spent a lot of time studying human gestation and fetal development. Interestingly, my teacher on several occasions told us that he was against abortion--this was a public school. Perhaps he wanted us to see what the "clump of cells" really looks like.

  8. Was a bit taken aback by the "WTF" -- we have high school kids who read this blog almost daily & I do too & well.............really? Now I have that lovely word in my head. Thanks.


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