KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A cat killing has so angered students at a Kamloops, B.C., high school that a trio of youths suspended for their part in the incident will likely complete their education elsewhere, says a school district administrator.
“Obviously, it wouldn’t be in their best interest to be at Westsyde (Secondary) right now, with the community so agitated about it,” Ross Spina said.
Spina, the assistant superintendent of secondary education, said several options are being discussed with the children, their parents and the RCMP.
Spina said the mood among students at the school ranges from anger to fear.
A former student was so upset when she heard about the killing last weekend that she launched an online campaign against animal cruelty.
Chelsea Lopes, 19, and a friend started Stop Animal Cruelty in Kamloops on Facebook, amassing nearly 800 members.
“It happened and it freaked me out,” Lopes said.
She said hurting animals is not OK.
“There shouldn’t be an excuse for it at all. It’s violent and it’s rude.”
Lopes has also applied to be a volunteer at the Kamloops SPCA and would like to co-ordinate events in the community to rally against animal cruelty.
She heard about the killing and phoned police, who launched an investigation. The SPCA was also notified.
People became aware of the killing after one of the students involved wrote about it on a Facebook page.