A 17-year-old Florida 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, local police recorded.
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.
“They went into an agricultural program, the farm to table and for basically no other reason, bit the chicken’s head off and kept the head in the mouth, and then wanted to see how the chicken died, I mean it’s pretty sadistic if you think of it,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told FOX35 Orlando.
After killing the bird, police said Jimenez bragged about “biting the head off the chicken,” which prompted students to report the incident.
“He went and bragged about what he had done and then several students went and informed the school,” Chitwood said.
The woman who donated the group of chickens for culinary students at the school to raise said the incident was “very disturbing.”
“To kill an animal, a live animal and it’s sad that the kids worked very hard,” Beth Bechir said.
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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April 4th, 2018