Brunswick County agriculture teacher arrested on animal cruelty charges

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 26, 2013 

Beke M. Lindsay

— A South Brunswick High School agriculture teacher was charged with three counts of animal cruelty in connection with poultry and turkeys being starved, according to authorities.

Beke M. Lindsay, 61, of Southport, N.C., was charged with three counts of cruelty to animals after a short investigation by the Brunswick County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services along with the Brunswick County School District, according to a news release issued Thursday evening. Lindsay is free on $500 unsecured bail.

Lindsay was hired in September 2009 as an agriculture teacher in the career-technical education program at South Brunswick High School, according to personnel records. She has been placed on administrative leave.

Deputies said that the charges stemmed from poultry and turkeys, which were being used for educational research, were being deprived necessary sustenance, according to the release.

School officials declined to make any comments, but issued the following statement:

“Brunswick County Schools is fully cooperating with the Sheriff's Office in their investigation of animal cruelty at South Brunswick High School," Superintendent Edward Pruden said. "The Board of Education and I deeply regret that such an incident occurred on school property. Those responsible will be held accountable. We hope the community will remember that South Brunswick High School is home to the award-winning aquaculture program that re-stocks area waters with thousands of flounder and other native fish several times each year. The excellence of that program is the norm for the school and our system. The unfortunate incidence of animal cruelty is an aberration that will not be repeated."

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