Petition calls for criminal charges against Brookville boys who kicked and restrained dying deer, posted videos online

The petition has garnered over 100,000 signatures and wants the boys to face federal charges


A petition posted Dec. 1 on calls for criminal charges against two Brookville Area High School students who posted videos of themselves abusing a dying deer.

A man named Mike Wolf started the petition and directed it to the Brookville Police Department, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Federation and President Trump. The petition references the Nov. 25 Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, which makes intentional cruelty to animals a federal offense carrying a potential seven-year sentence. So far, over 100,000 people have signed the petition and many have taken to social media to protest the boys’ actions.

“I hate sharing this but something needs to be done,” wrote PAHS junior Braxton Sherry in a tweet that included a video of the incident. “I’m posting this to show how disgusting and cruel these kids are. This isn’t hunting, this is just absolutely pathetic.”

The two boys recorded themselves choking, kicking, restraining and ripping the antlers off a wounded but alive whitetail deer. In one video, one boy laughs behind the camera as the other kicks the deer twice. He then directs the other to “grab his horn real easy” and warns him that “he’ll try and f— stab you.” In another video, the boy filming yells at the deer to “stay the f— down” as he presses a boot to its neck, allowing the other to hold its antlers and kick its head. The bruised deer whimpers and gasps for air.

The boys said they were trying to give the injured deer a merciful death. One boy said on Snapchat that he and his friend only resorted to attacking the deer because they ran out of ammunition and did not have a knife.

PAHS senior Ashaunti Damore posted a link to the petition on her Snapchat story. She said she did not believe the students would have gone hunting without enough ammo or a knife, and she questioned why they would treat the deer as they did if they did not want it to suffer. She added that the boys should face legal repercussions like hunting restrictions or a fine.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission said on Facebook that it will investigate the incident, and it thanked people who protested on social media for their concern for Pennsylvania’s wildlife. Those with information related to the incident, the Commission said, should report it to the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-888–PGC-8001 or the Northwest Region Dispatch Office at 814-432-3187.