Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Teachers Group Backs Calgary Art Instructor Fired after Student Killed Chicken

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Teachers Group Backs Calgary Art Instructor Fired after Student Killed Chicken

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Teachers group joins fight over dead chicken

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CALGARY - A national lobby group for teachers is backing a Calgary art instructor who was fired after one of his students beheaded a chicken as part of a school project.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has filed a grievance demanding the Alberta College of Art and Design reinstate Gordon Ferguson and apologize.

Ferguson, head of the school's sculpture program, was fired last week. He had been with the school for 32 years.

"It's just outrageous, in our view, that an art college would take action for a student expressing himself -- in a manner that, while maybe contentious, was certainly not illegal -- and would retaliate against the faculty member," James Turk, CAUT's executive director, said Monday from Ottawa.

"It's unheard of."

The student slit the chicken's throat with a knife, then plucked and cleaned it in the school's cafeteria. Some students were so shocked they called city police.

Officers consulted the Crown on the case but no criminal charges were laid. …

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