Kern High School District found liable in chicken suit beating case

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jun 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-27 20:34:14-04

A panel of jurors has found Kern High School District liable for the 2010 beating of Mitch Carter during a pep rally.

Carter was wearing a chicken suit to resemble the Clovis West High School Golden Hawk, the team Bakersfield High was set to play in the football valley championship that night.

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Carter's attorneys say that Carter was hit by two students unexpectedly and then told the activities director that he didn't want to be in the suit anymore. They say Carter was forced to go back out to the rally or pay for the rental of the chicken suit, which they say was $75.
Carter's attorney, Ralph Wegis, told 23ABC that Carter suffers from a traumatic brain injury and a growth hormone issue caused by the incident.

Attorney Ralph Wegis says he believes the jury saw that the school tried to cover up the beating and was negligent because the BHS football team was competing for a championship and did not want to punish players.

The damages portion of proceedings start tomorrow.