Elite private school King’s hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons when members of its rugby union team were seen crash-tackling sheep in a farm paddock.
Footage of the event aired on the ABC’s 7.30 program and The King’s School in Parramatta is now being investigated for cruelty.
According to the ABC, ‘The footage was posted on a private Facebook page by school teacher and coach James Hilgendorf and a fellow former professional rugby player, Hugh Perrett.
‘After the ABC contacted the school on Wednesday, the private page was removed.
‘The videos show the school’s first and second XV rugby teams running into a paddock, chasing and tackling young rams to the ground and dragging them to designated squares, where they are flipped over onto their backs.
‘The incident took place at a King’s old boy’s sheep farm in Orange, in central west NSW, during the April school holidays.
‘It has been condemned by farming and veterinary groups, but the school headmaster, Dr Tim Hawkes, has defended the incident, saying it was a rugby camp training exercise not dissimilar to shearing.’