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Case ID: 667
Classification: Mutilation/Torture
Animal: bird (wildlife)
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Friday, Dec 28, 2001

County: Hendricks

Disposition: Dismissed

Person of Interest: Aron D. Bright

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A teacher is to be suspended from his Indiana school for biting the head off a live sparrow. Aron Bright said it had been "innocent fun" and nobody was hurt. The head wrestling coach at Avon High School bit off the bird's head in front of students as a dare.

The Indianapolis Star reports Avon School Board voted 4-1 to suspend him for two weeks without pay. Mr Bright said the students who saw him do it "laughed and laughed. They're still laughing about it. I think everyone took it as such - as innocent fun."

Bright also was suspended from his position as a Cloverdale reserve police officer. The length of that suspension has not been determined.

He added: "Looking back, it was unprofessional. Nobody was hurt. I am remorseful and sorry about it." James Williams, 18, saw the incident and said Mr Bright acted on a dare from the wrestling team.

"It didn't bother me," he said . "We thought we were having a good time and nothing would come of it. We thought it was no big deal, so we told our families and friends."

Prosecutors requested that the criminal charge against Bright be dropped in exchange for his two days of community service.

His father Windford Williams said he disagrees with Mr Bright's actions but thinks the suspension is a stiff penalty.

Case Updates

Aron Bright, who resigned his position as an Avon High School wrestling coach in June 2002, was hired last week as an assistant wrestling coach for South Putnam High School, according to the superintendent of South Putnam Community Schools.

South Putnam's head wrestling coach and athletic director had recommended Bright, who still teaches at Avon High, the superintendent said.

Authorities said Bright bit the head off a sparrow in December 2001 in front of members of his Avon High wrestling team at his parents' home in Centerville, near Richmond.

The team was in eastern Indiana to participate in a two-day meet in Connersville.

As a result of the incident, Bright resigned his Avon coaching position. He told reporters in 2002 that he regretted biting the bird.

He faced a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, but it was dropped in May 2002 after he agreed to perform two days of community service.

Bright lives in the South Putnam school district.
Source: The Indy Channel - Nov 15, 2004
Update posted on Nov 16, 2004 - 7:31AM 


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