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Two Grosse Ile high school students face prison for allegedly killing guinea pig

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Two Grosse Ile High School students face up to four years in prison for allegedly torturing and killing a guinea pig, possibly as some kind of pre-game ritual before a varsity lacrosse game.

“The alleged facts in this case illustrate much more than a youthful prank or a pre-game antic. We must take these cases seriously,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement today.

The teens apparently brought a guinea pig to a pre-game meeting, where one student slit the guinea pig’s throat with a knife and the other hit it with a small bat. The guinea pig died, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Both students are being charged with two counts each of killing and torturing animals and conspiracy to commit the killing of animals. They were arraigned Monday morning and have posted $5,000 bonds. They are under orders “not to purchase or acquire animals or pets, and have a curfew from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m,” the prosecutor’s office said Monday. 

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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