News

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


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Our love affair with the internet is growing

Gympie West's Micah, Kathy, Rob and Mitchell Pitt, with their dog Winston, enjoying their devices through the National Broadband Network.

We do it in bed, at work, in the kitchen ... and on the loo.

Waiting for NBN: what you need to do next

NBN's "check your address” feature shows the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin office should be able to connect to the National Broadband Network from January 2017.

Find out where your region is at with the NBN rollout.

$150,000 in grants to unearth digital talent in regions

Australian Information Industry Association chief Rob Fitzpatrick talking about a $150,000 grants program to unearth innovation from businesses, educators and communities using the National Broadband Network.

Unearthing NBN success stories may result in innovation being shared

Local Partners

Teen boy dies after falling from motorbike

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has died after falling from a motorbike at a suburban sports ground.

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Start the new year with a bang at Woodford

CLOSING CEREMONY: The Fire Event is Woodford Folk Festival's biggest ceremony.

Farewell 2016 with fire at Woodford Folk Festival

Ring in new year at Woodford Folk Festival

FIRST DAWN: 6000 welcomed the first sunrise of 2016 with a ceremony led by Tibetan monks.

Get your grove on and let the sun set on 2016 and rise anew in 2017

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Amber Heard 'smitten' with Elon Musk

Amber Heard

ACTRESS is reportedly excited about going public with new boyfriend

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Designer home set in lush tropical gardens

This home has it all and more

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!