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UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY, TRESPASSING FOR BITING OFF CHICKEN’S HEAD
A 17-year-old student at University High School in Orange City was charged today with felony animal cruelty and trespassing on school property after he was identified as the person who decapitated a live chicken this weekend.
The VCSO school resource deputy at UHS identified David Andrew Jimenez (DOB 11/8/2000) after hearing about a student who was bragging about biting the head off a chicken. The incident happened Saturday night, when Jimenez came on campus around 11 p.m. and entered a chicken coop that was at the school for a “Farm to Table” event held earlier Saturday.
Upon arriving on campus on Monday, a teacher discovered the headless body of a chicken in the parking lot. The chicken’s head was later discovered inside the chicken coop, and eggs had been thrown in the gym and against the gym doors.
Jimenez was turned over to his mother on Tuesday with a court date Wednesday. Additional charges are possible against any other students who were involved in the incident.
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