By Patricio G. Balona
A University High School student who told deputies he has violent outbursts broke into a chicken coop on campus over the weekend and bit off the head of a chicken, Volusia County sheriff’s deputies said.
David Andrew Jimenez, 17, of Orange City, was charged with felony animal cruelty and trespassing on school property. Jimenez was released to his parents, who were given a notice to appear in court on Wednesday, a charging affidavit states.
According to sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant, Jimenez was identified as the suspect in the death of the headless chicken after another student said Jimenez was bragging about it.
The chicken was one of several live animals displayed at a Farm to Table event held at the school over the weekend.
The fowl was left in a coop on campus with the owner expected to pick it up on Monday, reports state.
School surveillance video showed there was activity near the gym around 1 a.m., reports state. Around 5 a.m. on Monday, a teacher arrived at the school and discovered that several eggs had been thrown at the doors of the gym. Inside the gym, more eggs had been broken.
Then the teacher spotted the headless chicken lying in the hallway near the training room, the reports state. The teacher and a school administrator then checked out the coop near the gym and found the chicken’s severed head, deputies said.
A student told deputies Jimenez was bragging about biting off the head of the chicken, investigators said.
When a deputy asked Jimenez if he knew why they wanted to talk to him he replied, “because of the chicken.”
And when asked what he meant, Jimenez said “I bit the head off of it,” deputies wrote in the report.
When asked why, Jimenez replied, “I have violent outbursts,” reports state.