Four Goats Rescued from Overhang at Simsbury High School

Simsbury Volunteer Firefighters rescue pygmy goats found trapped early Wednesday morning in what school officials assume was a prank.

A custodian who arrived at the school early Wednesday morning for a routine building check, discovered four pygmy goats trapped on an overhang at the school's main entrance.

were notified at approximately 5:30 a.m. after the custodian made the discovery, according to Principal Neil Sullivan. were dispatched to remove the four goats.

Police would not comment on the incident but said it remains under investigation.

"I'm assuming it was a prank at this point," Principal Neil Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the goats were rescued before 6 a.m. Police contacted owner Nevin Christensen to ask if the four goats belonged to his farm, according to farm manager Heather Winarski.

"They called and said our goats were possibly stuck on the roof," Winarski said.

Christensen went to the high school and mistakingly thought the goats belonged to his farm.

"They do look similar to our goats, but they're not," Winarski said.

Police requested Christensen keep the goats until the real owner is found.

Sullivan said the goats were stuck on a 10-foot overhang over the school's entrance, not on the roof of the building. Exactly how the goats came to arrive on the overhang is unknown.

"Right now we're trying to cooperate with them and let them handle the investigation while we carry on with the business of wrapping up the school year," Sullivan said.

Karen's Dog Training Blog June 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The prank involved stealing. Stealing is a crime. I can't believe people don't think the persons who did it should be punished. If they have any decency, they will come forward, admit to it, and tell the police where they stole the goats. Who know where they took them from - could be a place that has so many goats they don't realize 4 are missing. A prank can be funny. Stealing is not funny. @Dennis - people like you may be the type who make excuses for their kids and don't hold them accountable. People need to be held accountable. Now if the kids owned the goats, there would be no crime - just stupidity. I was once caught in the middle of a very unpleasant prank by seniors while with an elderly friend in Simsbury. When I asked them to stop, the look of sheer hatred, anger, and entitlement I got from the ringleader was unnerving. Her friends were standing behind her like a bunch of sheep. I was astounded at the attitude this girl had toward my elderly friend and think her parents in Simsbury must be very proud of her. Either she was an indulged spoiled child or she was mentally ill - I am guessing spoiled child who was a bully in school. Again kids need to learn there are consequences for every action.
Bob B June 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Karen, the basis for your comment has not been established as a fact. It is certainly unfortunate that you had a prior bad experience with someone involved in a prank and that you didn't like the way someone looked at you, but that does not make every prankster and practical joker evil or a criminal. Growing up, we had a neighbor who would scream and threaten to call the police because kids rode their bikes 6 inches up his driveway from the public road. I thought the neighbor's behavior unusual or possibly that of someone who was a bully or mentally ill. From a couple of the reactions here, I guess it wasn't that unusual afterall.
Marcie June 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Wow, I think I landed back in HS with the "debates" on here.. :)
Bob B June 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I didn't mean to come across as gruff. But difference of opinion is healthy so we can avoid having a herd mentality. And I am not posting just to be a troll, but sometimes it takes a troll to combat the "let's cross that bridge when we get there" thinking.
Margaret Cee June 08, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Maybe the owner of the goats participated in or had knowledge of this prank. Whatever the situation is, I'm sure that we'll know soon enough. Kids can't keep a secret, and somebody will want bragging rights to a prank that has received this much media attention.
Brian P June 08, 2012 at 01:18 PM
they arent pets??? They are Goats?? they are bred to be used for whatever the farmer pleases? you do not yell at him? these kids did the goats a FAVOR
Abby June 08, 2012 at 01:43 PM
It was a senior prank, not just a random student. Who cares? The goats are fine, they didn't abuse them or injure them - goats are natural climbers. The people responding to this that are being crazy are ridiculous and super annoying.
Maria Giannuzzi June 09, 2012 at 10:02 PM
It seems some of the teenagers in Simsbury are neither creative nor compassionate. Directing a prank at an elderly person is certainly not compassionate and putting goats on an overhang over the school's entrance is not creative.
Bob B June 09, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Maria, I know details are not your thing, but the pranks being discussed here were not directed at an elderly person. Creativity is a judgment call, and I will have to admit that I have never heard of anyone pulling a prank like this one. Seemed fairly creative to me.
Maria Giannuzzi June 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Bobby, it might help your accuracy if you read all the comments, instead of just mine. I have an interest in what everyone says on a thread because I value their contribution, even if I disagree with them. I read Karen Moulton's comment and thought her remarks were significant. Apparently you did not.
Ed Costello June 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Bob, Give it up........this beauty Maria will drive you nuts. She has an opinion on everything, and it is usually "progressive" If you ignore her she usually goes away and looks for another place to be the center of attention. If you continue you will hear about how this prank is the root of all evil, the downfall of our economy, the reason for rising taxes, another reason for socialized medicine, (for Americans and American farm animals), an attack on her civil rights and her reproductive rights, An attack on women, and on and on and on. I hope the investigation leads to the male republican students riding motorcycles with loud pipes that "borrowed" the poor goats. I think tax dollars need to be put aside right away for the proper counseling these goats may need over the course of the next 10 years. P.S she hates men Ed Costello (my real full name)
Eric June 10, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Has Bush been blamed yet? Curious....
Bob B June 10, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Oh Maria, I did read the other comments. You must be referring to the poster who said that she came upon a high school prank while with an elderly person. That is much different than the prank being directed at the elderly person.
Katherine June 11, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Seeing as it's been a week and no one has claimed the goats, we're assuming that whoever did this actually bought four goats. (I go to this high school.)
Maria Giannuzzi June 12, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Karen said: "I was once caught in the middle of a very unpleasant prank by seniors while with an elderly friend in Simsbury. When I asked them to stop, the look of sheer hatred, anger, and entitlement I got from the ringleader was unnerving. Her friends were standing behind her like a bunch of sheep. I was astounded at the attitude this girl had toward my elderly friend and think her parents in Simsbury must be very proud of her." Readers can judge for themselves.
Maria Giannuzzi June 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
My comment was about the incident and information conveyed by others commenting on this thread. But Mr. Costello's comment was about me. Interesting, isn't it? Mr. Costello, I suggest you do not read my comments if I upset you so much. Your little rant will not silence me. But thank you for the "beauty." Very sweet of you.
Ed Costello June 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM
My comments were to help Bob out, not to silence you. You are so nuts, you make it easy for us on the other side. Just for the record, I'm not really sweet or upset and your not really a beauty..................
Bob B June 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Maria said: "Readers can judge for themselves." Maria, that is unusually magnanimous of you and a stark departure from your normal judging for everyone else. Methinks this change is likely due to the fact that you know you read quite a lot into Karen's statement. Of course, victimhood is a staple of the left, so nobody could have been too surprised by your interpretation. Interestingly, when I read, "I was once caught in the middle of a very unpleasant prank by seniors while with an elderly friend in Simsbury.", I assumed that the "seniors" were fellow senior citizens. You have to be wary of roving bands of seniors in Simsbury
Karen's Dog Training Blog June 18, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The senior high school girls nearly knocked down my elderly friend - refused to stop their water wars game which was occurring right next to the car my friend was trying to get into. The girl who was the ringleader was nasty and it was more than a look - it was a hateful look along with language and threatening body language toward us. The girls with her were obviously the herd of sheep who did not dare cross the ringleader and hung on her every nasty word. That was supposed to be a high school prank also - it was not funny. ... Not a respectful girl in the bunch. I am all for jokes and a laugh - the prank turned very ugly towards us when we asked them to please stop and move away. By the way, I heard they bought the goats ... Who would sell goats to a bunch of teenagers????
Eric June 18, 2012 at 08:20 PM
A band of Gypsies...
theraven June 19, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Karen, Water wars is not a prank, it is a game played by high schoolers. the likelihood of your story being unsensationalized is very low, so ill take it with a grain of salt, and say that you should probably take a deep breath in those situations instead of assuming your being attacked by the eyes of a teenage girl.
Maria Giannuzzi June 19, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Isn't it interesting how some insensitive individuals will trivalize an ugly incident like the one Karen described. Just like the insensitive girls who engaged in that prank. Years later most of them will look back and regret their behavior that day.
Maria Giannuzzi June 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Isn't it also interesting how some individuals will question the reliability of an eye-witness to an ugly incident like the one Karen described because they don't like what the incident implies--the girls were behaving like bullies.
Bob B June 19, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Isn't it interesting how some individuals read things into statements that aren't there and never admit their mistake. Isn't it also interesting that those who disparage the accuracy and reliablity of eyewitness reports when arguing against the death penalty treat other eyewitness reports as gospel when is suits their narrative. It is sad that looking at someone the "wrong way" is now percieved to be bullying. Unfortunately, Karen has already shown a tendency to prejudge based on her original post about the "stolen" goats. Prejudice influences perception.
Maria Giannuzzi June 19, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Bobby, you seem to have an obsession with my comments. But that's okay, I do understand. But I must point out that you have confused me with someone else about disparaging the reliability of eyewitness reports when arguing against the dealth penalty. Bullies are people who try to intimidate those who are smaller or weaker than they are. You were not an eyewitness, but Karen was, so perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to automatically reject her account of the incident. Perhaps it is your prejudice that causes you to reject her account.
Bob B June 20, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Maria, if you had bothered to read the posts to which you are responding, you would see that unlike you and Karen, I prejudged nothing. I chided Karen for assuming facts that were not in evidence. I accepted Karen's account at face value. I did correct you when you read something into her account that was not stated, and I suspect there is another side to that story that would need to be heard before any judgment could reasonably be made. Perhaps you think my alleged prejudice comes from my comments to the effect that perceived "hateful looks" do not constitute bullying. I am not quite ready to criminalize facial expressions or to make "ugly" looks a hate crime. If facial expressions can be intimidating, what's next? Intimidating hair cuts? Threatening dental work? By the way, I am not at all obsessed with your comments. I just find myself compelled to respond to various insipid, inane, vacous comments I find here on the Patch. Oh, I see how you could be confused.
Maria Giannuzzi June 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
If you read Karen's comment she also mentions there was "language." I think we all can agree that no one should be engaged in the "game" of water wars near a car that someone is trying to get into, especially when the someone is an elderly person who may not have the mobility of a 17-year-old. The girls did not like being asked to stop and move away from the car, apparently suffering from the delusion that they were the only ones on the planet.
Gary July 23, 2012 at 08:40 PM
The water wars is not a school sanctioned event. It is run by students - remember all teenagers that dont often realize their actions. They are notivated by the big cash award if they win.
K September 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Everyone- 1. Water wars is not a prank. It is a time after testing and finals that kids have fun and Karen- they are not bullies, water wars is an intense game between the upper class men and you have to accept that YOU being in the middle of THEIR game was not bullying. Also, since it was a school event, it was completely unacceptable for you to order them to stop. Bob is completely and 100% right. No harm to the goats, no foul. This prank was original and creative, you have to let high schoolers have fun, and the goats were returned and are safe. Why can't people just let Simsbury authorities take care of the situations instead of putting in their two sense? Now I'm here setting you straight because I am a high school student who actually knows what is going on. Maria stop being rude because you clearly do not know what Simsbury teenagers are actually like, you are fazed by Karen's twisted story. Simsbury High School has some of the smartest, creative, talented teenagers in the country, and my brother graduated in 2012 so I do not appreciate all those whose comments are putting down this class. You are just rude and disrespectful if you are voicing an opinion that states this is animal cruelty. Sincerely, SImsbury High School student
Bon Voyage February 05, 2013 at 04:58 AM
wow....im guessing a couple of feminists on here didn't get asked to the prom....lol.... fun stuff......perhaps the goats got up there on their own ....perhaps they are education for goats activists and were having a protest.....


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