Fifteen learners from Gray High School in Gqeberha underwent community service and a mediation program following allegations of animal cruelty earlier this year.
Gray and Collegiate High Schools shocked residents of Nelson Mandela Bay when news of a band’s 40-day celebrations where school property was damaged and livestock abused came out.
The Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) said during its investigation into the case that it could not substantiate any rumors that animals were punched, plucked or drowned, but that does not mean that no cruelty to animals took place.
Their report revealed the following:
Chickens, turkeys and pigeons were acquired or purchased (some in poor conditions with their feet tied), transported, transported and left in strange environments, such as an AstroTurf, in classrooms and in a quad area causing havoc stress and no provision was made for drinking water.
Crackers were also lit and a fire extinguisher was used near the chickens.
Pigeons were released into the gray room where they circled frantically in an attempt to get out. No water was supplied to these birds, which were under severe stress – as a result, they all had to be put down.
The AACL said in September it had contacted Collegiate management to advise that the girls seen in the gray CCTV footage should take part in the program with the National Prosecuting Authority, which the boys completed over the holidays of September.
However, the school said it did not view the footage of Grey, which was later provided to them.
The Anti-Cruelty League says it is confident the school will cooperate with it in due course, as such delays could result in matriarchal girls facing a criminal case in their final exams.
According to a statement released by the AACL, there are more boys who have not come forward and action may be taken against them.