CHESTERFIELD, Va. – Students were filmed knocking a goose that was stuck in a basketball net at L.C. Bird High School, last week.
Viewers concerned about possible animal cruelty involving a goose on the campus contacted CBS 6 and shared video of the event – which has been blurred out. There were multiple people involved in the event, according to Chesterfield County school officials -- but there is more to the story than first reporterd.
A student struck and killed a goose on the way to school and the goose remained stuck in the grill of the truck.
When the student driver arrived at school, they contacted their parents to find out how to handle the damage and what to do with the goose. The student then went to class and the goose remained in the grill of the truck.
At the end of the school day, the student driver asked another student to help remove the goose and put it in the bed of the truck so that the goose could be taken home to be buried.
It was at that time that another student removed the dead goose and throw it towards a basketball goal, according to the school spokesperson.
That was when the goose became lodged in the net, and caught the attention of more students.
Another student grabbed a T-ball bat to dislodge the goose from the net.
Other uninvolved students contacted police and animal control. Animal control came and removed the goose.
The student who accidentally struck the goose with their car had no involvement in what happened after the goose was removed from the bed of the truck, according to school officials.
"You never know the whole story and sometimes it's a little bit more to it," said Jim Thomas.
Police said no crime was committed, because the goose was already dead. But some people believe some of the students involved should be disciplined.
"Whether the animal is living or dead already, that's just not something that you would expect to hear, so it's definitely shocking," said Gavin Wright. "I think so; something should be done."
"I mean that's pretty tasteless to do something like that, whether they're dead already or not, it's pretty tasteless to do that," said Thomas.
School officials said they are looking into the incident and the spokesman sent a statement to CBS 6:
"Students who violate student conduct regulations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion, and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution. To protect students' rights to privacy, the Congress of the United States has enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This law prohibits school divisions from releasing certain student information, including whether any disciplinary action has or has not been taken and whether an incident did or did not occur, without the express written permission of parents or guardians."