Breaking Windows & Bashing Birds


by Morgan Fogarty
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Kennedy Charter School campus in SouthPark seems like the perfect place for wildlife to eat, swim, live.  But four Canada geese were sitting ducks when a pack of teens wreaked havoc on the campus around 6PM Sunday.

First, the five boys reportedly used bricks, rocks and sticks to break the windows on two school-owned buses.  And then, the cruel kids turned their attention to breaking the bird's bones.  "It was like a feeding frenzy, feeding off of each other," says Charles Battaglia, the school's director of facilities.  He says the boys, who attend a nearby middle school, were caught very clearly on campus security camera video.  "It was quite easy to find out who it was," he says.

The video isn't being released because the teens haven't been charged yet.  "I talked to one officer and she said they're gonna try for felony cruelty charges," says Jennifer Gordon with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.  She has taken in the three surviving birds.

One has several leg fractures, a crushed foot and head trauma.  A vet who examined her Tuesday afternoon says she should survive.  Another bird's wing is broken and a third bird appears to have escaped with only some minor damage to her head and beak.

Gordon says it's an attack that should alarm everyone.  She says, "It's well documented that these are the types of kids with psychological problems, who end up becoming wife beaters and serial killers."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating.  In addition to the birds and buses, the kids also vandalized the school building.  In all, more than $15,000 in damage.

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