- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 1, 2014

Three middle-school students are accused of breaking into a Southern California high school and killing at least five animals as part of a weekend crime spree.

Santa Clara police said the students may have broken into Adrian Wilcox High School twice over the weekend. Police on Friday found damage to a snack shop and vandalized cars that were being used in an auto shop class, a local NBC affiliate reported.

Four chickens, one rabbit and a duck were reportedly killed by the students. The animals were being raised in an outdoor garden as part of a school project, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“Obviously, it is disturbing when you have middle school-aged children involved that did this act,” Lt. Kurt Clarke said. “And the welfare of the animals are our primary concern.

“I’d have to say that we’re traumatized by it. We have a close-knit community,” Principal Bonnie Billings said. “Students are devastated their school was vandalized, and their animals were killed.”

Three boys who do not attend the high school were detained by police on Monday. They will likely be charged with cruelty to animals, vandalism and burglary.

It is not known which middle school the boys attend.