Calgary police say the beheading of a chicken in the cafeteria of an art school was part of a project and was sanctioned by an instructor.
Duty Inspector Cliff O’Brien says police were called to Alberta College of Art and Design around 12:15 p.m. Thursday when a student called to report someone was killing a chicken with a knife.
O’Brien says many students were shocked, but others were classmates and knew what the student was going to do.
He says police are talking to the Crown to see if charges are warranted.
The man, who was interviewed by police but not arrested, could be facing charges of animal cruelty , or causing a disturbance, police say.
He just decided to slowly slit its throat while it was wiggling
“He just decided to slowly slit its throat while it was wiggling, wriggling and screaming and then drained it out, popped its head off, strung it up, washed it, plucked it,” Breydon Stangland, a student who saw the performance, told the CBC.
The student then dropped the chicken into a pot, as if he were going to cook and eat it.
“I did not feel like this was art at all,” student Charlotte Emmot told the CBC. “I
didn’t understand his statement. Like, just killing a chicken, you can take aaway life — I didn’t understand that at all.”
The college released a statement on its Facebook page that it is working with faculty, students and staff to “better understand” what happened.
The college says any students are experiencing shock or grief can contact the school’s counsellor.
With files from Postmedia News