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Rabbit euthanized after incident at South Johnston High School

Posted August 28, 2015

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— Investigators are looking into whether criminal charges are warranted after a rabbit was hurt at South Johnston High School in Four Oaks.

A spokeswoman for Johnston County Schools said several rabbits were lowered in a cage into the school’s court yard. Once the rabbits left the cage, they jumped around the courtyard and into a lower level. One rabbit was hurt jumping into vegetation and had to be euthanized, she said.

The other rabbits were adopted by the South Johnston Agriculture Department and are being cared for by students in the Future Farmers of America Program, she said.

“The administration at South Johnston High School and the Johnston County Schools takes the humane treatment of animals seriously,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.

Student discipline is confidential, she said, but the incident has been turned over to law enforcement.


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  • K Hope Capps Sep 3, 2015
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    What is wrong with people? High schoolers ought to know better! But I guess in a world where rabbits are just guinea pigs for beauty product companies, it's easy to see them as nothing more than toys - not as living creatures.

  • Samantha-Jo Schroeder Aug 31, 2015
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    you still don't got the story right.... Maybe y'all should go watch the camera so you can stop making up stories !!!!! I don't care who you know or what they told you, THEY TOLD YOU WRONG!!!!!!! So as adults quit trashing these kids.... They are GOOD KIDS!!!!!!!

  • Belle Boyd Aug 30, 2015
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    Rich Phipps comment is correct. I talked to someone I know that goes to South. He told me that this story is wrong. They dropped the rabbits from the 2nd story where most died (4 out of 11 survived) as a senior prank. This isn't a prank, it is animal cruelty. The SRO wanted to arrest them on the spot, but the principal is protecting them because it was the 2nd day of school that they did this. There were 3 students that I know of who were involved. One got suspended for 3 days, the second for 5 days and the third I don't know about. This calls for more than a suspension. What did they think was going to happen when they dropped them from a 2nd story?

  • Samantha-Jo Schroeder Aug 30, 2015
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    Who are you to talk ugly about these kids, you don't know them... All you know are some drama blown out of proportion stories that you heard from a high schooler, and this article that includes little information on the situation.... GO GET FACTS FIRST!!

  • Remah Howell Aug 30, 2015
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  • Susan Olvera Aug 30, 2015
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    Sounds like criminal charges are warranted, IMO. What is wrong with children today?

  • Sarcoi Dosis Aug 30, 2015
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    Dropped them from the 2nd story? Where they experimenting if Rabbits can be taught to fly?
    I guess that experiment failed...

  • Rich Phipps Aug 29, 2015
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    they did not lower the rabbits down in a cage, they DROPPED them from the second story!!! Out of 11 or 12, all but a couple are dead! The story by WRAL does not have all the facts. I was also told the students were being protected by the school.

  • David Fleenor Aug 29, 2015
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    Maybe I missed something but...someone set some rabbits free, and they got hurt hopping, and now there's a criminal investigation? O.o

  • Mariel Elusive Aug 29, 2015
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    maybe not but stupidity sure was