Three Students Accused of Torturing, Killing Wild Bird on Tabb High Campus

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Three teenagers are facing misdemeanor charges after authorities say they bludgeoned a bird to death on the campus of Tabb High School.

Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said the students — a 16-year-old boy and two 15-year-old boys — were outside in gym class May 26 when they caught a wild bird and threw it against the soccer goal “a few times.”

The incident was reported to YPSO on June 3, and the Sheriff’s Office charged each of the three boys with a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor count of possession of an animal except as permitted by law. One of the 15-year-old boys is also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

The three boys cannot be named because of their age.

Ivey could not comment on whether the students received any sanctions from Tabb High School, and a spokesperson from the York County School Division declined to comment, citing the Family and Education Rights & Privacy Act.

The York County School Division code of conduct states any student found to be in violation of the law shall lose the privilege to participate in any extracurricular activities for 60 days.