Coach Apologizes for Stepping on Pheasant

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(KSL News) The man who stomped on a pheasant at a high school football game last Friday has apologized.

Two students released the pheasant onto the field during the Viewmont-American Fork game as a prank. Several people tried shooing it to safety.

Viewmont assistant coach Dean Layton says he noticed the pheasant's tail feathers had been plucked so it couldn't fly. He says he tried to pin the bird down with his foot but lost his balance and stepped on it harder than he meant to.

Layton says he's a compassionate person who respects animals and is very sorry it happened.

He faces a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. The two students face similar charges in juvenile court

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