Members of a high school football team from Kennett High School were caught on video enticing a duck from the water and then beating it with a broomstick before strangling the defenseless animal to death.
According to the Conway Daily Sun, a number of students were suspended from playing as a result of their despicable actions while at a training camp in late August. In the video, the students could be seen luring the duck out of Lake Winnipesaukee’s Moultonborough Bay, and then hitting it over the head. Another student strangled the duck to death in what one teen claimed was “euthanizing” the duck.
On Thursday, State Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan clarified the Fish and Game’s decision not to charge the students, however stated it did not diminish the seriousness of the situation. Three to six of the team, the Eagles, would be suspended from playing in some football games as punishment for the attack on the animal. Jordan stated more had been done as punishment for the kids.
Jordan added that the students involved had been suspended from playing one to five games. In addition, the teens would be doing community service, however the Conway Area Humane Society forbids anyone associated with animal cruelty can not volunteer at the organization.
There has been considerable criticism against the Fish and Game commission. Most likely there will no longer be football camp next year or in the future.
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