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Snake surprises teacher at Westside High School

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It gave new meaning to show and tell in school.

On Monday, Westside High School math teacher Robert Davis found a snake on the floor a few feet inside his classroom, prompting him to call in the school's principal, who was walking by at the time and radioed for the maintenance department.

In seconds, several staff members came to the room; some teachers hesitantly leaned out from other classroom doors; and students in some other classes knew of the snake.

The foot-long gray and black snake was determined to be nonpoisonous, scooped up with a shovel and taken outside, where it was killed.

"If it's cold outside, they're going to find the warmest place they can," said Larry Chance, who responded with the school system's environmental department.

No students were in the class. A school system pest control officer who was called in said he would inspect the room to make sure another snake couldn't get in.

"That's never happened to me in 26 years," said Principal Debbie Alexander.

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 828-3851 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

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ljc
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ljc 11/17/09 - 05:21 am
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It is against the law to kill

It is against the law to kill a nonvenomous snake. Educators should know more about snakes. The school probably has a rodent problem and the snake was looking for food. A snake can get in anywhere a mouse can, so it will be hard to keep a snake out.

catfish201
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catfish201 11/17/09 - 06:18 am
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It should have been taken to

It should have been taken to the woods and released.

Bored in GA
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Bored in GA 11/17/09 - 07:01 am
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Duh..To ME a snake is a

Duh..To ME a snake is a snake..and if it is where it doesn't belong then "snake heaven" it must go!! HOO Ray for the maintenance crew!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 11/17/09 - 07:40 am
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Stupid people nonvenomous

Stupid people nonvenomous snakes kill the rodent population...idiots

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/17/09 - 08:27 am
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The incident shows complete

The incident shows complete ignorance on the part of people charged with imparting knowledge to our children. The school board should impose a mandatory training session for all instructional, administrative, and custodial staff about snakes and about the need to care for them properly. Killing this snake was wrong.

sdfsdf
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sdfsdf 11/17/09 - 10:58 am
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Let us see how long it takes

Let us see how long it takes Preston Sparks to realize that snakes are not non-poisonous. Poison is consumed. The snake would be non-venomous. Does anyone proof read these things, or do they rely on the readers to do it for them?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/17/09 - 12:37 pm
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Roadkill posted yesterday at

Roadkill posted yesterday at 4:35 p.m. "What time will the memorial service for the snake be held???" To that I add, "When will the grief counselors be available to the students of Westside???" They will be traumatized by the senseless death unless the counselors give them comfort and closure.

Doyougetitnow
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Doyougetitnow 11/17/09 - 04:13 pm
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From the vague description

From the vague description given, it might have been a King Snake. That puts them on the "real stupid" list. King Snakes eat not only rodents, but other snakes, including the venemous ones. Scooped up with a shovel, taken outside & killed. How stupid can you be with a nonvenemous snake that's one foot long. There wasn't a science teacher to be found? Or a hunter or other naturalist? Surely, not everyone in that school is that ignorant about snakes. "If it's cold outside, they're going to find the warmest place they can," said Larry Chance, who responded with the school system's environmental department. That's easily the dumbest comment in the article. Snakes are cold blooded, they just get lethargic when it gets cold, they're not leaving a food source just for warmth, they're following it.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 11/17/09 - 05:38 pm
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Hope it wasn't a trouser

Hope it wasn't a trouser snake.

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