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Teen Who Identifies As A Cat Allowed By School To Act Feline, Not Speak

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Many kids learn in different ways - some are more visual while others absorb information better if they read about it, but everyone learns best when they are comfortable and at ease, and for one teen in Australia, that means acting like a cat.

According to the Herald Sun, the girl identifies as a cat and the private school she attends allows her to be non-verbal and act feline, so long as it doesn't become a distraction to other students. While the school didn't confirm the specifics, they did explain in a statement that some of their students display "a range of issues from mental health, anxiety or identity issues," noting, "Our approach is always unique to the student and we will take into account professional advice and the wellbeing of the student."

The school reportedly described the girl as "phenomenally bright," and a source close to her family explained, "No one seems to have a protocol for students identifying as animals, but the approach has been that if it doesn't disrupt the school, everyone is being supportive."

There might need to be protocols put in place though as more and more students are identifying as animals. Elsewhere in Australia, four girls have started walking on all fours and cutting holes in their clothes to make room for their tails. While the school where it's allegedly happening denies the claims, one parent said a girl screamed at a peer for "sitting on her tail."