Alpaca bashing not the first cruel act school has dealt with

Two alpacas were brutally bashed at Caboolture State High School on Saturday morning. Police are still hunting for the offenders.
Two alpacas were brutally bashed at Caboolture State High School on Saturday morning. Police are still hunting for the offenders. SCN

THE community has shared their disgust over the brutal alpaca bashing at Caboolture State High School agricultural farm on Saturday morning however Education Queensland have admitted this is not the first cruel act to impact upon the school.

Education Queensland North Coast Regional Director Greg Peach said that in the past ten years there were four other confirmed cases of animal cruelty at the school farm.

These included cattle being spray painted following a year 12 formal, pigs slain and piglets attacked and bashed.

Cattle were also discovered with their necks slit, however a vet could not determine this case were deliberate or accidental.

Former agriculture students alleged further cases however they were denied by Education Queensland.

A commenter on our original story also alleged about 15 years ago a pig was stolen from the school and later found on the spit at a local birthday party.

Despite the cruel nature of the cases mentioned, Mr Peach said the number of cases involving school animals in the past decade were minimal.

"Any case of cruelty against animals is deplorable and should be condemned," he said.

He also praised the Caboolture State High School agriculture program and said staff placed the welfare of animals under their care as "high priority."

Mr Peach said the act against the alpacas, Harrison and Harley, was a particularly malicious and reprehensible criminal act perpetrated against defenceless animals.

"The Caboolture State High School community has been shocked and sickened by the senseless slaughter," he said.

On Monday students arrived at the school with flowers mourning the loss of the two animals who had lived at the school since 2001.

Since the deaths many have taken to social media to express their outrage over the loss.

Some referred to an online Facebook page entitled '5000 likes and I'll steal an alpaca from Caboolture State High School,' which was quickly deleted once news broke of the deaths, after it became a target for social media mobs who linked it to the case.

Mr Peach said the school was working closely with police as they investigated the incident.

Police are still searching for two males who were captured by security cameras on Saturday morning.

One of the males was wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.

The other was wearing black shorts, a white jumper and a red cap.

Caboolture businessman Mike Mitchell has pledged to donate $10,000 to the school agriculture farm if those responsible are given jail time for at least two weeks.

Mr Mitchell said he felt the court system was creating a ‘'you can’'t touch us'’ attitude among offenders.

Anybody who may have information relating to this incident is urged to contact the Caboolture CPIU or CrimeStoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.

Topics:  animal cruelty, offenders, police



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