A Katy, Texas high school student has been charged with with possession of a prohibited weapon, after shooting and killing a pig housed at the district’s agricultural sciences facility.
School officials said the 17-year-old did not threaten anyone or any other animals, and was apparently trying to get the pig to a processor.
According to a letter sent home to parents, Katy ISD said:
“The purpose of this message is to inform you of an incident that occurred this week at the district’s agricultural sciences facility after regular school hours. A high school student who was attempting to move a livestock project to a processing facility decided to terminate the animal on site prior to transporting it. The student used a firearm to conduct this activity. Upon hearing the firearm’s discharge, a teacher at a nearby barn immediately notified the Katy ISD Police who have since begun an investigation into the incident. At no time did the student make any threat toward other individuals present, nor were other livestock projects harmed. As with any matter of this nature, the appropriate disciplinary action will follow – including the removal of the student from the program for possession of a firearm on school district grounds.
“We ask that you use this incident as a teachable moment with your student to help confirm with them the important role they play in keeping our schools and facilities safe.
In addition to the charges, the student has been removed from the district’s FFA program.