Rumors of animal cruelty and abuse swirling around a combined Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School pep rally are overblown, Greenwood County School District 52 Superintendent Mark Petersen said Friday.
According to Petersen, a pep rally on Thursday included a pig chase-and-catch event in a small pen. While social media exploded with claims the animal was "spiked like a football" and "students suspected (the pig's) legs were broken."


Petersen said no abuse took place.
"I certainly hate the way it's turned out," Petersen said. "I'm going to do a school message to send home with the high school and middle school students to let them know that I'm sorry it happened. If any responsibility needs to be taken, I need to take it."
But Bronwyn Shingler, the parent of two children in attendance, said the event should never have taken place.

FOR MORE OF THE STORY READ THE INDEX-JOURNAL