05/15/2013 05:22 EDT | Updated 07/15/2013 05:12 EDT

Fired teacher of chicken-killing art student to be reinstated

The Alberta College of Art and Design teacher who was fired over a student's chicken slaughter art project will be reinstated, the school said this afternoon.

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Gordon Ferguson, who was the head of ACAD's sculpture department, was fired last week.

One of Ferguson's students slit the throat of a chicken, let it bleed out, plucked it and then put it in a pot during the noon area in the school's cafeteria.

The college faced a backlash from students and faculty associations around the country after the firing.

ACAD announced this afternoon that the school had reached an agreement with the college's faculty association to reinstate Ferguson.

In the statement, the college said the firing was never intended to be about academic or artistic freedom in spite of the perception the whole event created.

ACAD now says this is an opportunity to develop clear principles around what it calls "the issues of academic responsibility and artistic freedom."