Parents withdraw teen from school after spring break video shows him bite off hamster’s head

Posted at 3:34 PM, Apr 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-02 17:49:22-04

WARNING: Video contains graphic subject matter. Viewer discretion advised.

MADISON, Miss. – It’s gone viral online and it’s really disturbing; a spring break video of a college student biting the head off a live hamster.

Turns out, the teen is part of a well-known family in Mississippi.

His stepfather apparently ran for governor of the state.

The video posted by the purports to show 18-year-old Brady Eaves of Madison, Mississippi, biting the head off a live hamster in front of a crowd at a spring break party in Florida.

Eaves was a student at Ole Miss a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, until this week.

A letter his parents released indicates they have withdrawn Eaves from the University of Mississippi.

WLBT released the full statement:

First, as the parents of Brady Eaves, let everyone please be assured that we do not take the subject of animal cruelty lightly, nor do we in any way condone the behavior displayed in the recent video of our son that has gone viral on the internet. The actions that appear in the video go against everything that our son has been taught, and we can assure everyone that his actions are not what he believes in his heart, nor are true to his character. While we are extremely disappointed and greatly disturbed by his actions, as his parents, we know Brady to be a very bright and talented young man with a huge heart.

As parents we are obviously and very seriously concerned about the well-being of our son. We have withdrawn him from school, and fully intend on professionally assessing why he behaved in such a horrible way, and what we must do as a family to keep this type of behavior from ever happening again. Raising teenagers in today’s world, as most caring and loving parents realize, can challenge the best of us. We will continue to love our son with all of our hearts and be right there by his side as our family addresses this situation. We would sincerely appreciate that all parents who have gone through similar incidents with their children, and the entire community please keep us in their thoughts and prayers.

Thank you,

John & Angel Eaves

With this video going viral, Brady Eaves may need a good lawyer and luckily he has one.

His stepdad is attorney John Arthur Eaves Jr., a onetime candidate for governor.