Sources: Animals Mistreated In Massena School PrankPosted: Updated:
Sources say two chickens were part of a senior prank gone bad at Massena High School. In the photos obtained by 7 News, you can see clearly the left foot of one is severed. Twenty students in all broke in the night of June 6. Some are still being identified.
“The students that came into the school were wearing different levels of disguise,” said Patrick Brady, Massena Central School superintendent.
Brady would not confirm if animals were involved because it's still under investigation. The same with police. But other sources tell 7 News a rabbit was also kicked about and a large bass thrown into a tank ate most of the tropical fish.
The superintendent says the school district takes this seriously. Discipline has already been meted out to any student identified as participating. But he also stressed the investigation remains ongoing for the school district, just as it does for police.
“They are still investigating and we are continuing to cooperate with them with any information we have,” said Brady.
Discipline options are limited because most of the students were seniors. It won't be that way with police. If the police investigation resulted in charges for breaking in and animal cruelty, consequences could be severe.
“This is not acceptable behavior and, in the future, if there is a repeat incident of any kind of this nature at the school, we'll treat it in the same way," said Brady.
The chicken with the severed foot had twine wrapped about its other leg when found. It will have to be determined if the pranksters cut off the chicken's foot or if it happened elsewhere.
Two days after the Massena prank, a similar incident occurred at St. Lawrence Central School. Six teens entered that school and hung body parts of a fox around the school. The fox was roadkill. Three of those teens were from Massena.