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Pupils at Durham Gilesgate Primary School devastated by slaughter of their chickens
CHILDREN have been left devastated by the mindless killing of chickens they had reared from eggs as part of a school project.
Pupils at Durham Gilesgate School in Durham returned to class after last weekend to discover the birds they had treated as pets and cared for had been slaughtered.
Head teacher Mark Turner said: “The children are devastated. Whoever has done this has shown no compassion.
“These animals are not domestic chickens. They are incredibly tame.
“When the children went to feed them the birds would jump onto the edge of the hutch and eat corn out of their hand.”
Mr Turner said, as part of their curriculum and learning about life cycles, the pupils would incubate and hatch the eggs.
He said: “They would watch the eggs, count the days down to their hatching, watch them come out and then look after them and write about them. We would keep a few of the chicks and rear them.”
The killers first struck at the beginning of the summer holiday, strangling one of four chickens and laying it out neatly in the coop.
Mr Turner said: “I removed the remaining chickens and took them home to look after them over the holidays and brought them back to school at the beginning of September.
“We had them back for about three weeks and then on Monday the caretaker came and found one of them had been strangled.
“Another was missing and was later found dead, while the third was in a flowerbed and had to take it to the vet because it was badly injured.
“It never got any better so we had to have it put down a day later. Now all the chickens we had are gone. We have none left at all.”
A police spokesman said: “The children are really upset, as well as the teachers and parents.
“In an assembly the children were told the seriousness of this incident and were asked to come forward if they had any information about the incident.”
Anyone with any information should the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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