Ninety Six, SC (WLTX) -- Parents sent News19 emails, angry over an event at Ninety Six High School in Greenwood County that involved a greased pig. The pig rodeo was held during a Ninety Six High pep rally. Students, faculty members, and other staff chased the pig in the school gym.
A parent tells News19 students were upset about the treatment of the pig and claimed the animal was "spiked like a football" on the gym floor.
The Greenwood 52 School District Superintendent tells News19 that claims of abuse to the animal have been exaggerated and admits there was an error of judgement. Mark Petersen says the pig was taken to a vet, and is in good health. TV station WSPA is reporting that the pig was given to Big Oaks Rescue Farm after being checked out by a veterinarian.
Below is the entire statement from Petersen:
"Just to address concerns that you might have about yesterday's greased pig chasing at an assembly at Ninety Six High School. Let me assure you that nothing about the event was done with any malicious intent. Was there an error in judgment or a lack of sensitivity, in hindsight - yes. However, since this type of event is held all over our country during the week of 4th of July, our staff did not realize the uproar this event would cause.
Please rest assured that during the event the pig was not abused, but was given water and rest. If someone believes the pig was "spiked to the ground like a football" they are mistaken. It was, of course a greased pig, and after being caught managed to slip out of the hands of a couple of participants.
This morning the pig was taken to Chinquapin veterinary office in Greenwood where x-rays were taken by Paula Watkins and the pig was examined for any injuries. The pig was found to be in good health. Also, let me assure you that any student who did not wish to participate in the assembly was allowed to leave the gym. They were either seated in the cafeteria or walked outside with Mrs. Fisher .
In closing, an error in allowing this portion of the assembly was made, but there was no malicious intent and the pig is in good health and taken care of.
Please be assured that this activity will not be scheduled in the future. "