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Goat dies following vandalism at school

OWEN COUNTY, Kentucky (Angenette Levy) -- A trio of high school seniors have been cited for criminal mischief for vandalizing their high school.

Following the incident a miniature goat died.  The Future Farmers of America teacher at Owen County High School discovered the vandalism on Tuesday, May 20. A metal shed was dented, several plants were destroyed and the miniature goat was dead.

"We had information that the goat had been kicked," said Owen Co. Schools superintendent Rob Stafford.

An Owen Co. Sheriff's deputy investigated. It has not been determined whether the student caused the goat's death.
"They questioned them about the goat. And the one boy said they was chasing the goat around and they seen one of the boys kick at it. But they couldn't actually say whether it made contact with it or not," said Sheriff Zemer Hammond.

Sheriff Hammond said the students admitted their vandalism spree started on the evening of Monday May 26 at the Salem Baptist Church. Some windows were broken and some elections signs were ripped from the ground. The teens ended up at the high school in an area where the FFA students keep chickens, rabbits, plants and the goat.
Rumors swirled on Facebook that more animals had been hurt. Sheriff Hammond said the rumors were not true.
"The only animal that was hurt or found dead was the goat and there wasn't nothing else hurt or nobody hurt," Sheriff Hammond said.

Superintendent Stafford said the three seniors were disciplined but he couldn't elaborate. Sheriff Hammond said they were suspended.

"You're always disappointed when you have publicity like this because we have fantastic kids that go to school here and fantastic families that live in the community," Stafford said.

If it's determined one of the teens caused the goat's death by kicking it he could face an animal cruelty charge.  The vandalism totaled $1,000.

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