An incident involving four students from Plumpton College has led to their immediate suspension after allegations surfaced about their involvement in the killing of a sheep near Ditchling Beacon. The incident, which took place off-campus and outside college hours on Thursday, November 2, has prompted a police investigation.
Sussex Police have since arrested two of the students and are treating the other two as significant witnesses in the ongoing investigation. The college has emphasized that the event was in no way related to any college-led activity.
Principal Jeremy Kerswell said “I am appalled by this incident, which in no way represents the high standards of behaviour we expect of our students nor the standards we hold so dear with regards to animal welfare. I know that our staff and student body are shocked and saddened to hear of this allegation from within our college community and it is completely unrepresentative of our culture and values.
Please be assured that I have, and I will continue to take suitable action with the students involved at the appropriate time.”
Statements from the college will be updated upon the conclusion of Police and college investigations.