Matrics used chickens as rugby balls - witness

Johannesburg - The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has visited Mondeor High School after reports of two chickens being kicked to death by five matric pupils at the school, the Johannesburg SPCA chief inspector said on Friday.

"We went there yesterday [Thursday] and met with the principal. The principal says they identified the kids involved but they wanted to meet with the respective parents first," chief inspector Ronald Ramalata said.

"We also want to meet with the parents."

Ramalata said the SPCA was contacted on Wednesday evening about the apparent incident, and was hoping to meet the principal again.

"We are seeking more information about what might have happened," he said.

Beeld newspaper reported on Friday that the two chickens were brought to the school on Tuesday by two of the pupils from their homes.

They apparently carried them around in their school bags for two hours.

According to the report, an eyewitness said the chickens were used as rugby balls and kicked to death.

Tuesday was the last day before matrics started their preliminary exams.

One of the chicken's feet was reportedly bound as the boys kicked it repeatedly to death.

Following this, the five matrics went around the school with the two dead chickens to scare the other pupils.

The school was not immediately available for comment.

Gauteng education department spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane requested Sapa's query to be made in writing so it could respond.

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Sello Matobela 2014-08-29 07:19:24 PM
These kids needs... Before is too late
Marius du Plessis 2014-08-29 07:29:36 PM
To me all life is sacred. Humans are cruel and arrogant. Kicking them to death is horrible. You are a pratt.....
Greg de Sleskine 2014-08-29 07:33:26 PM
This is totally unacceptable and sick!!!!! What are these teachers teaching the kids? Oviously not about having respect for all life. Punish those brats till they rue the day their heads popped out into this world.
Joe Smith 2014-08-29 07:40:58 PM
Six of the best by the police with a sjambok, and then six more.
Felicité Thipe 2014-08-29 07:50:17 PM
Eh! Children who are cruel to animals grow up to become serial killers.
Bevan Snyman 2014-08-29 08:02:54 PM
Sick, when will kids be kids and not f'ing vultures...if u treat an animal with harm or some sick act...god help your sick life. And anyone who says so what or its only a chicken..get bent because these type of people dont care if its a chicken or a person. Death to you all with such a mind... swiftly yet painfully, leave this glorious planet. Do me a favour and anyone who has a heart. Tired of low-life forms who say they're human
Karin Swanepoel 2014-08-29 08:06:49 PM
These kids need a "donnerse pakslae" to put it bluntly. See this is exactly what happens when corporal punishment isn't allowed at schools. Kids start by 1st getting undisciplined, thinking they're above any Law incl school rules. Bet you all these kids also smoke, drink and are already into sexual activities. During the previous Regime era where kids were disciplined and boys were compelled to go to the Army, the majority ended up being responsible, disciplined, Law abiding Citizens. We all know Parents sign a "code of conduct" when they enroll their kids at a school. Where kids break Rules & Regulations, they must be expelled! We were taught in Afrikaans "mens speel nie met jou kos nie", but then again what can one expect from a Public School, where a Principal and Teachers aren't allowed to discipline school children! South Africa is on a serious downward spiral, which all starts at the top with a corrupt Government, who puts Education last on their list of issues that need serious and urgent attention!
Tiekie Black 2014-08-29 08:10:27 PM
they must get community service! for one year they must go work at the spca and clean
Train Shunter 2014-08-29 08:12:46 PM
All the more reason why a Volkstaat is needed. This would not happen and if for some weird reason it did, the 5 kids will have been klapped stukkend to the point that they would not even want to ever eat chicken again.
Pamela Angeline Harvey 2014-08-29 08:18:01 PM
Children you are evil monsters! How sick and cruel you are! You need to be punished and I believe you need to do community service at the SPCA.