05/08/2013 08:10 EDT | Updated 07/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta art college instructor fired after chicken slaughter

An instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design has been fired after a student slaughtered a chicken in the school cafeteria last month.

The student then dropped the dead chicken into a pot, as if he was preparing to eat it. The act was billed as a performance piece for a school project.

Some of the students in the cafeteria were shocked by the performance and Calgary police were called. No charges were laid.

Gordon Ferguson, a sculpture instructor, says he was fired on Monday. He says he is taking some time to decide whether to speak publicly about it.

ACAD declined to comment, calling it an internal matter and stressing the institution adhered to their due process. It's unclear what happened to the student who killed the chicken.

Angry students take to Facebook

Some students from ACAD and others took to the college's Facebook site to vent their anger.

"ACAD's decision to dismiss Gord Ferguson is outrageous," said Meredith Angus. "Your college is nothing without your instructors."

Jon Peters, a former ACAD student, said he is appalled at the short-sightedness of the decision.

"Art, and its institutions, are expressions of critical thinking, and are the lifeblood of our civilization," he said.

"As an instructor, Gord embodied this type of thinking, challenging his students to explore their environment in an intellectual and critical way."