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Severed pig's head left on Pride crosswalk at Alberta school

RCMP say they are investigating it as a possible hate crime after pig's head deliberately placed on rainbow crosswalk at Spruce Grove school.
People walk past a Pride flag crosswalk in Calgary on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. — RCMP say a severed pig's head was deliberately placed in the centre of the rainbow Pride crosswalk at a school in central Alberta. 

Police say they are investigating it as a possible hate crime that targeted Graminia School in Spruce Grove, which has a gay-straight alliance club.

The head was discovered on Sunday morning and RCMP say its placement in the centre of the crosswalk appears to have been intentional and designed to disturb students, staff and parents.

RCMP believe the pig was domesticated and the head was severed with a bladed instrument.

Officers are seeking any information pertaining to recently missing or mutilated pigs, and are asking butchers and meat packers who recently sold, or had a pig's head stolen, to contact Parkland RCMP.

Spruce Grove is about 34 kilometres west of Edmonton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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