Gord Ferguson, an instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), has been fired three weeks after a student killed a chicken in the school's cafeteria, Metro News reports.
Police were called to the ACAD campus when a student called to report someone was killing a chicken with a knife.
A student reportedly pulled a chicken out of a box, calmed it down, then slowly slit its throat, drained the blood, plucked the bird and threw it in a pot.
Ferguson was the head of the sculpture program at ACAD, according to the school's website.
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He confirmed he was fired on Monday, but wouldn't say if it was related to the chicken-slaughtering incident, the Calgary Herald reports.
“I know that the story is going to hit the newspaper and the media today but it might be another day or two before I have anything to say,” Ferguson added.
Police said the beheading of a chicken in the cafeteria of the school was part of an art project and sanctioned by an instructor. No charges were laid.
Duty Inspector Cliff O'Brien said many students were shocked, but other classmates were aware of what the student was going to do.
With files from The Canadian Press