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      Ag teacher faces cruelty to animals charges

      Beke Musser Lindsay

      A South Brunswick High School agriculture teacher faces three charges of Cruelty to Animals.

      Deputies say Beke Lindsay, 61, deprived necessary sustenance to poultry and turkeys being used for educational research.

      "Brunswick County Schools is fully cooperating with the Sheriff's Office in their investigation of animal cruelty at South Brunswick High School," said Superintendent Edward Pruden. "The Board of Education and I deeply regret that such an incident occurred on school property. Those responsible will be held accountable. We hope the community will remember that South Brunswick High School is home to the award-winning aquaculture program that re-stocks area waters with thousands of flounder and other native fish several times each year. The excellence of that program is the norm for the school and our system. The unfortunate incidence of animal cruelty is an aberration that will not be repeated."

      According to personnel records, Beke Lindsay was hired by Brunswick County Schools on September 14, 2009 as an agriculture teacher in the career-technical education program at South Brunswick High School.

      Lindsay has been placed on administrative leave until further notice.

      Lindsay was released on a $500 unsecured bond.