Chickens, rabbit killed at Montessori school; boys arrested, police say

Chickens, rabbit killed at Montessori...

MADISON, Wis. - Two boys were arrested after three chickens and a rabbit were found dead at Greenway Crossing Montessori School, according to a release from Madison police.

Security guards told police Saturday night that they heard a "pop" sound coming from a shed and saw two people running away. They detained the two boys while police were called.

Police said a bloody hammer and garden tools were found near where the dead animals were found.

The boys, ages 12 and 15, were arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals.

Santana Flint, a teacher at Greenway Crossing, said the animals were a favorite part of the school day. 

"The students really enjoy it, it's something they really love and they look forward too," Flint said. "Some of our more difficult kids really enjoyed it. That was sort of the thing that helped distract them from when they were having harder issues." 

Flint said the teachers had to spend part of the day explaining what happened to the students. 

"We've had this chicken coop here, unlocked for years, and haven't had a situation like that," he said.

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