Two Texas high school baseball players accused of sacrificing chickens in a superstitious ritual to end their slumps have been charged with cruelty to livestock animals.
Benbrook Police Sgt. John Van Ness said Thursday the case has been turned over to a Tarrant County juvenile court, where a decision will be made on whether to prosecute the teens, whose names are not being released.
Police in the Fort Worth suburb said the 15- and 16-year-olds “engaged in acts that caused the death of two baby chickens” on the Western Hills High School baseball field during spring break two weeks ago. The boys have been kicked off the team for the rest of the year and were disciplined.
Western Hills coach Bobby McIntire said “baseball is very superstitious” and the players possibly got the idea from some sports movies.