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The school board in Port Angeles is banning pets in schools for health and safety reasons, which means no dogs, rabbits, snakes and baby chicks, according to a story in the The Peninsula Daily News .

Legal and insurance folks working with the district have said just about any critter in a classroom is a potential risk, especially for disease. Who wants their kid to get salmonella poisoning?

A few teachers apparently brought their dogs to school and let them run down the hallways, and that led to some complaints.

Board member Sarah Methner, however, voted against the ban, saying, “It’s a nanny state gone wild,” according to The Peninsula Daily News story.

Service animals, of course, are fine and so are fish in tanks …