Stupid is as Stupid Does, Ctd

NZ Herald

I’m not sure what sort of stupidity blessed the boy who thought chucking rocks at a kea was a good idea…but it looks like he got away with it:

A 12-year-old boy who caused outrage when he killed a kea on a school ski trip has handed over the dead parrot and apologised to conservation authorities.

But the Christchurch boy will not face any further action after he and his school pledged to help conservation efforts to protect the endangered mountain parrot.

The Chisnallwood Intermediate School pupil horrified classmates and teachers when he picked up a rock and hurled it at the kea, killing it instantly on a trip to Canterbury skifield Porter Heights last Friday.

It is believed there are fewer than 5000 kea left in the Southern Alps – the only place in the world where they are found.

School principal Richard Paton – who has described his pupil’s actions as “mindless” – met the boy, his parents and Department of Conservation (DOC) staff today.

Hmmm the one he chucked the rock at is really endanegered…its dead parrot.


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  • CJA

    Any bets on where he’ll be in 6 or so years time?

  • Mark

    ‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on!
    This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet
    ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e

         rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to
    the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now
    ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the

         bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil,
    run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS

    • nasska

       Fell off the twig… to speak.

    • Chris

      E Fuck,n Snuffed it!

  • Panda

    The link between animal abuse and violence towards humans is well documented. This kid has to be helped/punished/retrained because he is showing classic signs that he will end up a violent abuser.

    • I’d be interested in seeing the evidence. Punished? Nah, he’s still young enough to be shaped.

    • Patrick

       Horsesh1t – that line has been peddled for years. A kid pulling the wings off a fly grows up to be an abuser? Pull the other one Panda.
      Please supply documented evidential studies that prove this.

  • Rockyr

    However if he got six of the best with the cane he would realize he did wrong.

    • George

      Absolutely. Back in the day merely bringing the name of the school into disrepute would have resulted in that.

      How long will it be before the trendies recognise that their softly softly approach to child rearing has caused far more harm and suffering than if we’d continued to dish out a hiding where it was due?

    • If this was worth six, then my petty crimes as a youngster were worth 36. Where is your sense of scale?

  • Euan Rt

    I think in this case you are all being a bit harsh. For once I agree with a judge. If it was a sparrow, the hunting instinct would have kicked in and and the result would have also been a rock at the ‘target’. Unless there was premeditation that the boy knew he was targeting a protected bird and there were consequences…..I spent much of my youth trying to catch poor defenseless animals, which I often had great success at. Eels, sparrows, rabbits etc How does a 12 year old city boy act on his ‘hunting’ ambitions?

  • grumpy

    This 12 year old boy has been the victim of a greenie witch hunt. O.K., he did a stupid thing that boys often do but look at the hypocracy of DoC and the greenies towards kea deaths.

    At Franz Josef glacier a few years ago, Doc approved a 1080 drop that killed SEVEN kea. The greenie dominated news media dutifully reported it as “only” seven kea but conveniently left out that DoC had fitted locator beacons on 14 kea – of which 7 had been killed by 1080.

    That’s a 50% kill rate!!!  And DoC and the greenies have the gall to demonise a 12 year old boy!


  • Bunswalla

    He did a stupid thing that he now certainly regrets, and for all we know he was just as shocked as everyone else that he actually managed to hit the poor budgie. Give him a chance to move on, it’s not a hanging offence.

    My father told me when he was about the same age he found a nest of starlings and wrung their necks, he couldn’t explain why. He went on to be a bloody good cop, doing 28 years in the force and wasn’t a bad Dad either.

    • AnonWgtn

      I hit and killed a blackbird recently on the golf course with my first drive. It quite upset me as I like birds, but the little bugger spoilt my drive.

      • Bunswalla

        A birdie on the first hole, and you’re complaining?

      • Roland

        I shot a sheep up the arse once at Richmond Hill Golf Course (with a golf ball of course) I think he or she quite enjoyed it…..I think I got a 2….

  • A-random-reader

    I hope he tries out for the Black Caps one day.

    Hitting a small target from a distance is a skill we need to encourage in our future cricketers.

    • Mark

       Or golf – it’s not easy to hit a birdy

  • Richard McGrath

    The kid should have been given a pat on the back. Keas do a huge amount of damage to cars and other objects. The bastards need to be taught to respect their zoological superiors, 

  • Neil

    Gee – can’t believe it noone mentioned Monty Python!!!! For those t oo young to remember it or those for who it is a favourite….

    • bristol

       See Mark’s comment above.

    • CJA

      This one is better from the Nigerian Scammers:


  • Chriszork

    He is just a kid that thought he would try to hit the bird with a rock. He did.

     That’s what kids do

  • Mr_Blobby

    Send him to Alexandra some NZ transport Dummies are trying to figure out how to kill 400 pigeons squatting on one of there bridges.
    One up for the bird brains.
    They want to poison them personally I think they would make better eating.

  • Seems to me

    Seems to me he was being a 12 year old boy?
    and as usual it seems to me that a number of posters here have no incling of what 12 year old boys do. They be boys.  Note: It was a school trip! Wonder if any 12 year old girls or other kids he was trying to impress. Remember, thats what 12 year old kids do. They act before thinking….
    And now the world has descended on his head…..and we get upset at politicians acting/talking without thinking.  Shame they dont get the same treatment!

    • grumpy

      ….and….thanks to Nigel Latta, we know that such behaviour is due to the slow development of the frontal lobe of the brain!

      This boy was being perfectly normal.

      Will his “conservation work” involve assisting with 1080 drops?

  • Vlad

    Well for my 2cents’  worth, when I was 12  I was pinging away with a schoolmate’s Daisy airgun & WTF I actually drilled a seagull I aimed at.  I felt sick as a parrot, as the Australians say, but I do not feel that it was evidence that I was (a) terminally stupid, or (b) a potential serial killer. It was evidence I was a 12yr old boy.   I think this kid flung a rock, as kids do,  and by a misfortune it actually hit what he threw it at.   He did not torture the family cat, and he deserves to be left alone to become a fine citizen.  And please do not send him to a counsellor. 

  • Mara

    The kid is a bit late learning that it’s not cool to kill an animal/bird , whatever, for no better reason than that he could  and felt like it at that moment. My kids aren’t wimps but they would NOT have done that. His parents should  “have a chat with themselves” as to how their kid has no better instinct.

    • Euan Rt

       his parents wouldn’t have known either except for some interfering telltale!

  • TayheiNotts

    To kill a pesky bird with a stone.
    That is skill.
    If my son had done that at age 12 I would be so proud of him.  Because 52 years ago, when I was 12 years old I tried that trick many times and was always unsuccessful.
    I can imagine that boy at short mid wicket hurling the ball into the keeper’s gloves, just millimetres above the bails.  Skills that I wish I possessed.

  • Mediaan

    Kea are not targets to be proud about hitting. They are almost tame. They walk about close to humans, as though part of the same social scene. They interact with us, a few feet away.

    I heard this story and thought, this child is a revolting little thug. Why is this sappy school principal saying mollifying things? This nasty little blighter is a bully, who will pick on anyone or anything he can dominate.

    Decently brought up kids do not kill other creatures just because they can. There are times when hunting and killing is natural, but this is not one of them.

    Plus, the school group had been told to respect the wild life and be careful of it. (source: RNZ Midday Report)

  • He wasn’t stupid, he was thoughtless, a not-unknown trait of 12 year-olds and adults alike. At least he has the excuse of his age! The outraged would do better spending their energies on being helpful and informative and showing the kid the error of his ways.

  • Hunters might like to consider the similarity to trophy hunting for sport, not for meat…

    • Euan Rt

      yes sir!