(Meredith/WMUR/CNN) -- Several high school football players in New Hampshire are facing game suspensions for their involvement in beating a duck last month, according to officials.
The teenage boys, who all attend Kennett High School in North Conway, were at a football camp from Aug. 20-22 when the incident happened.
A video shows the duck being lured from the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee’s Moultonborough Bay. It was then beaten with a broomstick and strangled to death, the Conway Sun reported.
One of the students apparently killed the duck to put it out of its misery, according to Conway School District Superintendent Kevin Richard.
"The heinous activity of a duck being hit over the head with a broomstick is what ended up happening," said Richard. "And then another student ended up euthanizing the duck. It was hurt pretty badly."
After coaches were informed, police and officials with the Fish and Game Department launched an investigation.
"These students are juveniles, so they cannot be charged with anything," said Fish and Game Maj. David Walsh. "Their parents would be charged, and the fines are small. So suspensions and community service, everyone agreed, would be the effective punishment."
Since the incident, Richard said the school has received many calls from people who are outraged about what happened.
"There are very strong opinions both ways, and you try to come back with what you think is reasonable," he said, "Also, recognizing that these are adolescents that make bad choices, and this was a grievous mistake."
The superintendent said the students involved have different punishment levels based on their involvement in the incident.