‘Extremely disturbing’ footage appears to show Wilmington Grammar boys smash squirrel with a brick
13:12 22 September 2016
Footage surfaced on social media earlier this week
Footage appearing to show a group of teenagers attacking a squirrel has led to their school receiving hate mail, it has been revealed.
Wilmington Grammar School for boys has excluded the boys following the video, which appeared to show a brick being dropped on a squirrel before it was kicked and even set on fire.
The school’s new headteacher, who took over just weeks ago, called the video ‘thoroughly unpleasant’.
Donna Lodge said: “A thoroughly unpleasant video clip, showing inappropriate behaviour by a group of boys towards a dead squirrel, was brought to our attention.
“The clip, which was uploaded on Instagram, met with an immediate response from the school.
“The culprits were identified and interviewed along with their parents.
“Fixed-term exclusions were applied, in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy, and the students have also been made to undertake community service.
“An assembly for the whole year group took place to emphasise expectation and to condemn the behaviour of this minority of students, who will be closely monitored.”
In a statement, the school added: “There is no evidence whatsoever that the squirrel was alive. Every statement is clear that the dead squirrel was lying on the floor at the point of discovery by the boys.”
Footage emerged on The Sun earlier this week, and the RSPCA has urged any witnesses to come forward.
A spokesperson from the animal charity said: “This footage is extremely disturbing and distressing to watch.
“We are looking into this matter and we urge anyone with first-hand information to contact the RSPCA 24-hour hotline on 0300 1234 999.
“It is unclear from the footage whether the squirrel is alive or dead during this attack - if it was, it would have suffered severely.
“The RSPCA works hard to try to encourage and promote compassion and kindness to animals through its education programs to children and schools across the country.”