Nicholas Coyle, 19, is facing charges of animal cruelty in Rhode Island after he allegedly killed a rabbit with a hockey stick and used the body as a puck. He is a student at Salve Regina University.
He could now face two years for the alleged abuse.
The school commended other students for coming forward with the information.
There remains a wide disparity in the country in how these cases are treated criminally. On the civil side, observers are generally barred under limitations on the intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress. Generally third parties are barred absent a physical injury or a close family status to the victim. The result is that the criminal code represents the great deterrent to such misconduct.
Source: Washington Post