Wheat Ridge charter school investigating death of baby goat

Students removed from class in response to incident, according to reports

Staff Report
Posted 10/26/21

A group of students at Mountain Phoenix Community School in Wheat Ridge have been removed from class during the investigation into the death of a baby goat, according to a news report.

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Wheat Ridge charter school investigating death of baby goat

Students removed from class in response to incident, according to reports

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A group of students at Mountain Phoenix Community School in Wheat Ridge have been removed from class during the investigation into the death of a baby goat, according to a report from Fox 31.
 
Wheat Ridge Police Department Public Information Officer Sara Spaulding said police are not involved in the investigation and that the principal of the charter elementary school was handling the investigation.
 
“The principal is looking into why the baby goat was there, who the baby goat belongs to and what the circumstances were of the goat's death,” said Spaulding. “We are not involved at this point until it has been determined that police would need to be involved. If there was a crime committed, we would, but we are waiting to hear from the principal to see if that's the case.”
 
A statement Mountain Phoenix put out to parents earlier this month said that the goats had been removed from campus:

“The goats have left the building (campus)!... You may have heard that we lost one of our precious goats last week. It breaks all of our hearts to report this news and the cause of death is unknown. What we do know is that the goats were tended well by many and their absence is felt throughout our whole tribe. We are exploring options for beinging more animals to the campus as it provides a very well-rounded experience for the community,” reads the statement.  

A parent at Mountain Phoenix who wished to remain anonymous said that other parents were unhappy with the school’s communication in the wake of the incident.

“Parents are more upset that they’re finding out from the media instead of from the school,” said the parent.

The parent added that Mountain Phoenix has goats that live on campus, replacing the chickens that previously were kept at the school.

“Mountain Phoenix has had animals for a couple years. Nothing ever happened to the chickens and classes were in charge of taking care of them,” said the parent. “During breaks it was hard to find people to take the care of the chickens, so they got goats.

“The goats are at the school, there’s a pen and everything; it’s the old chicken coop. Someone was able to take care of the goats on weekends and breaks. I think it’s a faculty member,” the parent continued.

Spaulding added that WRPD was contacted because it has school resource officers who work in Jefferson County School District.

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