Giant rats invade Atlanta elementary school

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ATLANTA — Authorities say an Atlanta elementary school has become infested with giant rats, prompting the principal to send a letter to parents alerting them of the situation.

Thomasville Heights Elementary Principal Charles Penn said the rodents have been a persistent problem, and the school system has hired an exterminator.

Teachers told WSB-TV  that rats have left a foul smell in many of the classrooms, and that teachers have used yardsticks to bat them away in the middle of the school day.

Parent Sherrilyn Cullins said the rats are all over the school. Her daughter describes them as being the size of rabbits.

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PhiloPublius
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PhiloPublius 11/11/11 - 08:12 am
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Wait, are we talking about

Wait, are we talking about actual rodents or members of the Atlanta Public School Administration?

...Burn ;-)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/11/11 - 08:28 am
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Big as rabbits.....that is

Big as rabbits.....that is scary.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 11/11/11 - 09:14 am
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Sounds like a good episode

Sounds like a good episode premise for Billy the Exterminator on A&E...

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/11/11 - 09:18 am
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PP, Is this news? Everybody

PP,

Is this news?

Everybody knows about Beverly and her discredited bevy of cheating, stealing educ-RATS.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/11/11 - 09:57 am
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It's a good thing the EPA

It's a good thing the EPA just banned one of the most widely used rat poisons and is set to ban another 20 more.

I guess they can always hand each of the school kids a club to kill them with.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/11/11 - 10:20 am
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The school might could rent a

The school might could rent a few Burmese pythons and put them in classrooms at night. That should take care of the problem.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/11/11 - 10:42 am
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Parents have pushed for more

Parents have pushed for more regulations on what can be done in schools. They don't want pest and rodent products used. This is what happens. Like bed bugs, EPA has eliminated a lot of products over the years and now there is a bed bug epidemic.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/11/11 - 10:52 am
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I guess we could also see a

I guess we could also see a resurgence of the bubonic plague. That is probably more preferable to the EPA. As long as no "dangerous" chemicals are used to stop it......

I say spray the schools down regularly. Do it over a break and then open all the windows to air it out. The kids will be OK. Its better than having rat dropping in your food or getting bit by a rat.

Love the new avatar augusta citizen! Hilarious!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/11/11 - 10:58 am
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And 86% of them passed the

And 86% of them passed the 12th grade proficiency tests!!
No Rat Left Behind!

corgimom
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corgimom 11/11/11 - 11:13 am
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Yeah, Dixieman, but they are

Yeah, Dixieman, but they are going to get a grant of $1 million to educate the rats that didn't pass, so as to meet AYP. Because it's all about the rats, you know.

And if that doesn't work, they'll apply for a waiver.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/11/11 - 01:14 pm
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Thanks Chillen! I thought it

Thanks Chillen! I thought it was hilarious too!

You're also right about possible resurgence of diseases from pests and rodents. If the EPA keeps doing away with pesticides and/or making registering new ones so expensive as to not be worth it, people will re-learn why they were needed in the first place. Sounds familiar, hmmmm....oh yeah like the FDA does with medications.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 11/11/11 - 01:46 pm
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NO WAY a kid of mine would be

NO WAY a kid of mine would be going to a school in that condition!! Sounds as though it's ongoing?

Vito45
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Vito45 11/11/11 - 02:47 pm
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"I say spray the schools down

"I say spray the schools down regularly"

That only works for insects. Rats have to be baited or trapped.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 11/11/11 - 03:13 pm
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Don't panic its just the

Don't panic its just the teachers union...ha hahha

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/11/11 - 03:51 pm
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Awww man! I thought this was

Awww man! I thought this was a story about the Dept of Ed.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/11/11 - 04:05 pm
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Rats the size of Art

Rats the size of Art Carney's "Harvey?" Sure.

Even rats the size of Beverly. And you know the size of Beverly.

Hey, we could raise them for the use of their protein in chicken and other animal feeds.

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