Video Released Of Northeast High Fowl Prank
PHILADELPHIA February 12/08
Students at Northeast High School in Rhawnhurst returned to school Tuesday following their dismissal Monday morning due to a 'fowl' prank.
Police said school staff discovered approximately 85 chickens in the basement and on the first and second floors of Northeast Philadelphia High School at about 5 a.m.
The clucking mess is thought to have been in the school for at least eight hours before it was discovered.
Officials believe the birds were part of a prank by members of the senior class, as the number '167' was found written on lockers throughout the school.The alleged chicken wranglers apparently left the birds inside with plenty of food during their overnight stay.
Reportedly the school was littered with waste, leftover feed and various other chicken byproducts.
"These birds didn't come in here on their own," said school secretary Joy Deltoro.
Officials said students were being dismissed for the day and special education students and staff reported to the Woodrow Wilson Middle School while the mess was cleaned up and the feathery visitors were removed.
Investigators recently released surveillance footage showing shows four to five hooded individuals in the school prior to the fowl fiasco.
Detective Bryan Trush has been reviewing the video looking for answers in a prank he believes was over the top.
"It went too far. They had to evacuate the school. Disinfect the school. They wrote 167 over 200 lockers. That's institutional vandalism," said Trush.
Investigators believe the senior class is directly involved as they are the 167th class graduating from Northeast High School.
Students have embraced the prank, and some of them are wearing t-shirts that read: "We're into Chickens Y'all."
A local farmer was brought to the school to help remove the chickens and bring to an area farm.
Officials from the city's Health Department spent Monday evening inside the school and determined conditions were sanitary enough to reopen the school for classes on Tuesday.
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