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The first couple months of the fall semester set the perfect environment for ignorant post-secondary students who are living away from their parents for the first time to make bad life choices. And this weekend, some students at Queen's University homecoming have given the internet a special, precious gift: A video of a young woman slapping a police horse's ass and promptly getting kicked by the animal.
In the video, a blonde woman wearing a red-striped, dark-coloured polo runs up to two police horses holding human officers, slaps the horse, gets kicked and falls down face-first. Then, a pal runs up to the woman as she runs away holding her face.
Police won't confirm yet if the young woman who got kicked in the video is one of the three people being charged in relation to multiple horse-slapping incidents at Queen's University's homecoming in Kingston, Ontario. However, a female student at Queen's is being charged—along with two men, who also apparently slapped a police horse. The criminal charges they're facing are due to injuring a law enforcement animal, which is a new addition to the Criminal Code. Their identities have yet to be released. If found guilty, the maximum penalty of that law could carry five years in prison.
Police in Kingston said their female horse Murney, a new member of the police force, was slapped three times.
Though the police horse kicked the young woman in the above video, Kingston police said their horse Murney was "startled by slaps but kept her restraint," not bucking or running off.
Horses are, by default, some of the most innocent members of police forces since they're animals. Combined with that and the fact that it's probably best to avoid touching anything or making any sudden movements in the presence of police, the thought process (or lack thereof) behind these multiple horse-slapping incidents remains a mystery.
By Allison Tierney
From the column 'The VICE Guide to Right Now'