When a mature, 8-point buck came crashing through a window at Badger Ridge Middle School in Verona, Wis. Wednesday, a quick-thinking teacher plied some old-school disciplinary techniques, giving the whitetail a quick kick and shoving it into a mop closet, where it was held in detention until authorities arrived. The deer was released after police and school staff isolated that wing of the building with barriers, so it had a clear run to open exit doors. Wisconsin State Journal.
Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies responding to a report of a 7-foot alligator near an elementary school this morning were able to rope the reptile’s neck and tail, wrap its mouth with electrical tape and secure its hind legs with regulation handcuffs. Florida Fish and Wildlife authorities also took custody of the gator until the state trapper arrived at the scene. St. Pete Times and Tampa Tribune.
A six-year-old boy suspended from Lincoln Elementary School in Ogelsby, Ill. two days for playing with a clear plastic toy cap gun with a bright orange tip and handle on the school playground faces expulsion for violating the district’s weapons policy. “He’s only 6 years old—he doesn’t need to be branded like he’s a menace to society,” said Ethan Scaman’s father Josh Scaman. The LaSalle News-Tribune.
The report of a 7- to 8-foot alligator on the grounds of Lake Park Elementary School in Naples, Fla. promted a fast reaction from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “The trapper arrived very quickly and was able secure the alligator before any children arrived,” said principal Tamie Stewart. The Naples News.