Hen-kickers: arresting girls ‘taking it too far’ — principal

2011-08-18 00:00

CRIMINAL investigations against two Ladysmith High School girls is ongoing and at its conclusion the docket will be sent to court for a decision to prosecute.

Newspaper reports yesterday stated that the girls might be arrested for animal cruelty after the national council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) laid charges based on the video which the girls posted on social network YouTube in July.

The girls filmed themselves throwing the hen in the air and drop-kicking it repeatedly until it died.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said action against the girls can be taken only based on the court decision.

Ladysmith-based Animal Anti-Cruelty League spokesperson Lynn Woods said they were shocked with what has been reported, adding, “A number of learners from that school have supported our kennels so it’s quite a shock that the two could inflict such cruelty to animals.”

She said it is not often that kids do harm to animals and that it is mainly adults who are cruel to animals.

Ladysmith High School principal Dr Etienne Liversage admitted that the two girls, who are sisters, were pupils at his school and that the incident was brought to his attention on Monday.

He said he called the girls in and they admitted that what they did was wrong and it was idiotic of them to post it on the Internet.

He said they claimed that they did not kill the hen, but that it walked away on its own.

“I must point it out that when this happened the girls were still in a primary school doing grades six and seven, not at my school.

Only in July had one of them decided to post the clip on the Internet.”

Liversage said he will use the incident to educate and warn all his pupils about how bad it is to be cruel to animals. However, the prospect of the girls’ arrest “is taking it a bit too far”, he added.

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