05/09/2013 05:11 EDT | Updated 07/09/2013 05:12 EDT

Gord Ferguson, ACAD Instructor Fired After Chicken Slaughter, Hires Lawyers

Three weeks after an Alberta College of Art and Design student slaughtered a chicken in the school cafeteria as part of a school project, his teacher has been fired.

The instructor, Gordon Ferguson, said Thursday he will fight his dismissal, which he said is in relation to the student's performance piece.

- Reaction was mixed to chicken being killed in school cafeteria

The student, whose name has not been released, slit the chicken's throat over the noon hour, washed it, plucked it and then dropped the headless bird into a pot, as if he was preparing to cook it.

The controversial performance shocked cafeteria onlookers to the point where Calgary police were called to the scene. There was an investigation but no charges were laid.

Ferguson, who had taught at the college since 1981 and is the head of the sculpture department, said Thursday he has hired lawyers and is discussing with them whether to take action.

ACAD administraion said Wednesday that the school took action in relation to the controversial act, but otherwise declined to comment.

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