Today in Heritage History, May 24, 1830, Mary Had a Little Lamb is published by Sarah Joseph Hale. Hale later wrote a sequel song in 1832 that picks-up her story where the “teacher turned her (the lamb) out”. In the second song, Mary and her parents sue the school district for not allowing her to have her therapy pet on school property claiming it was a requirement of her special learning accommodation plan. The family’s attorney further said that the district had a “blatant disregard” for the sheep’s “positive impact” on learning, making other students “laugh and sing”.

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