Parents in Greenwood County, S.C. are outraged today because a young pig was manhandled and chased by students, faculty, and district superintendent Mark Peterson in a so-called “Pig Rodeo” during a pep rally for middle and high school students yesterday according to a FoxCarolina article.
Parent Bronwyn Shingler described the activity on her Facebook page, stating the following:
“The animals head struck the gym floor several times as it was lifted shoulder height and spiked like a football. Students were crying and visibly upset by the pig's screams of terror and pain. Several students walked out and were mocked by a teacher for it. As other students tried to flee the grisly sight, they were forbidden and made to stay and listen to this animal be tortured. One young girl hid under the bleachers in tears. By the end of the ordeal, the pig could no longer walk, students suspected his legs were broken.”
Shingler was concerned about the reaction of the students, noting that a number of them were in tears afterwards.
According to the Fox Carolina story, Dr. Peterson denied that the pig had been harmed, and apologized to those that the activity offended. He promised that it will not be scheduled again in the future.
Big Oaks Rescue Farm stated on their Facebook page that they had contacted the district, and the pig has been turned over to them. The pig, named Charlotte, has been seen by a veterinarian, who confirmed that Charlotte has no broken bones but did sustain soft tissue injury and bruises.
For more information on Charlotte, please contact Big Oaks Rescue Farm via their Facebook page.