Search for chicken pranksters continues

February 12, 2008 3:06:10 PM PST
Northeast Philadelphia High School was open again today, one day after a fowl prank.

Over the weekend someone put 85 of Rhode Island Red chickens inside the building. They caused a big mess, and sent students home early.

Security pictures show one of the suspects, wearing dark clothing, stealthily making his way along the halls of the school that was not open at the time. He crawls along the floor near an area of open windows, all the while spreading chicken feed on the floor.

A few minutes later, the security camera shows someone putting out what appears to be a plate or bowl of water.

Then, after about 30 minutes, four suspects, all wearing dark clothing and hats or masks to cover their faces, return to view and bring the chickens along with them.

The foul play was not discovered until school officials arrived for classes Monday morning. Students got the picture as they arrived, and eventually, classes were cancelled for the entire student body.

The chickens were laying eggs Monday afternoon at the city's Fox Chase Farm. They're calm and relaxed, but that's a far cry from the disruption they caused earlier in the day at Northeast High School, where the birds were used in a cruel and dirty prank.


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