NATION : Cheerleader Axed for Bird Abuse

From Times Wire Services

An Air Force Academy cheerleader was kicked off the squad for swinging a chicken by its head during halftime at a football game against Army, officials said today.

The cadet, who was not identified, was also ordered by the school to perform 100 hours of public service at the Humane Society, academy spokesman Col. Mike Wallace said.

Officials at the academy and the humane society said they received several calls from spectators, faculty members and cadets about mistreatment of two birds.

People complained that a cheerleader had swung a chicken by its head and that a second chicken was tossed into the crowd, which batted it around before releasing it.

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