INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Investigators in Indianapolis are looking into two unusual cases involving chickens.
The first happened yesterday afternoon at The Paramount School of Excellence where a chicken coop was broken into, and now four chickens are missing.
The second case occurred this morning on Southeastern Avenue, where four dead chickens were found burned in the middle of the road. Police say some school kids were waiting for their bus in the area and saw a group of burnt animals. Animal control officers are investigating. They say the chickens could have been dead before being burned, but they’re not sure.
Animal Care and Control told 24-Hour News 8 they don’t know if the cases are connected.
The missing chickens are part of the school’s Paramount Farm program, teaching them everything from beekeeping to irrigation, they even have goats.
“Its really neat to take some of rural America and bring it right here to show the reality of you can pull a vegetable out of the ground and eat it,” said Tommy Reddicks, Executive Director of the school.
The goal is for them to see how urban farming applies to their own lives.
“Its really, really important to tell the kids that’s its not necessarily the goats , which are awesome, but we’re bringing that real world life experience into the classroom in reading writing and math,” said Scott Frye, principal at the school.
This is the first time the chicken coup was broken into, but the school says they experience vandalism 3-4 times a year. 4 years ago its front window was smashed in.
“Revitalizing this community means tolerating some the bad with the good, and then slowly letting the education influence change,” Reddicks said.