Former High School Teacher Accused Of Killing Kittens To Relieve Stress

Published: May 22, 2021 at 10:12 AM Author: PENNY EIMS

Sugar Land, Texas – A former Texas high school teacher is facing multiple counts of animal cruelty for allegedly torturing and killing four kittens to relieve stress. The man accused of these atrocities is identified as 29-year-old Graham William Reid of Sugar Land. The allegations Reid is facing are damning – according to court records, he used a variety of objects to bludgeon his own kittens when he was “stressed or frustrated.”

The kittens who perished were Cabbage, Parsnip, Carrot and Broccoli – please sign the petition today to put this man away for as long as possible! These innocent kittens deserve justice.

Graham William Reid’s appalling acts of cruelty were discovered thanks to a Sugar Land veterinarian who went to the authorities after becoming suspicious about the deaths of Reid’s young felines following appointments to treat a variety of terrible injuries. The authorities arrested Reid on April 28 – he is charged with four counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

Court records outline the multitude of injuries these kittens suffered before dying. The kittens, who were kicked and bludgeoned, sustained broken bones, broken teeth, cut tails, and bloodied toes. Reid took the grievously injured kittens to various veterinary clinics in the area for treatment, and then allegedly told staff that the felines died later.

According to court records, Reid attacked the kittens during times of stress and frustration – he said that beating the kittens made him “feel powerful.” The records indicate that this man attacked one of the kittens with a metal workout bar and another with a scratching post. Yet another cat died after Reid viciously attacked it with a litter scoop that was used like a hammer. Imagine the fear and pain that these kittens suffered – these acts of violence must have strong consequences!

This man worked at the Fort Bend Independent School District – he was in a position of authority and influence for youth, and this is what was happening behind closed doors. The Fort Bend ISD issued the following statement:

“We have been made aware of a disturbing animal cruelty allegation against a teacher who is no longer employed with the District. We are unable to comment further as the matter involves an ongoing criminal investigation. Please know the safety and security of our students is our top priority and we are taking steps to safeguard the emotional well-being of our students by making well-trained counselors available to the teacher’s former students.”

Though Reid is no longer employed with the school district, there is a chance that he could be in a teaching position in the future if the courts do not forbid him from doing so. We want your signature to help us persuade the court to hold this man FULLY accountable for his actions. We want to see him receive the maximum sentence for each charge, AND lose his ability to teach. He must also be prohibited from ever owning another animal.

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Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Update 7/15/2023: VICTORY! Ried was sentenced to 4 Years, in the State Penitentiary, Texas Department of Criminal Justice with a Jail Credit of 213 Days.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible including the prosecuting attorney and Judge. 

Update 3/28/2023: Animal Victory sent cover letter and petition to the judge. 

Update 10/20/2022: Pre-trial was reset to 1/13/2023 at 9 am. The jury trial was reset to 1/24/2023 at 9 am Reid

Update 9/25/22: The next scheduled court date is October 7, 2022, at 9 a.m. 


Update 2/22/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the pre-trial is scheduled for 5/13/2022.

Update 11/08/2021: Animal Victory has learned that new court dates have been scheduled as follows for Case No. 21-DCR-095436:

10/04/2021 Reset by Court to 01/10/2022

01/10/2022 Status Hearing (9:00 AM)
02/14/2022 Plea/Disposition Hearing (9:00 AM)
05/13/2022 Pre-Trial (9:00 AM)
05/17/2022 Jury Trial (9:00 AM)

Update 9/25/2021: Animal Victory has learned that court (plea/disposition hearing) has been reset to 10/04/2021 at 9:00 a.m.

Update 7/27/2021: Animal Victory has sent 16,150 signatures to Prosecuting Attorney Karey Sopchak.

Update 6/15/2021: Animal Victory has obtained court information regarding the State of Texas vs Graham William Reid:
Case Type: Adult Felony – Filed by Indictment, on 5/24/2021. Location: 240th District Court

Charges: Reid, Graham William Statute Level Date
1. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 12/16/2020
2. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 01/12/2021
3. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 01/22/2021
4. CRUELTY NON-LIVESTK ANIM:KILL/POISON/SBI 42.092(c-1) Third Degree Felony 03/03/2021

The first court appearance was scheduled for 6/14/21, but it has been rescheduled to 8/2/2021.

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