Morning discovery of snake surprise for Westside High

Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 11:57 AM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 12:24 AM
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It gave new meaning to show and tell in school.

This morning, Westside High School math teacher Robert Davis got quite a surprise as he opened his classroom door and found a snake on the floor a few feet inside, prompting him to quickly motion for the school’s principal, who was walking by at the time and radioed for backup from the maintenance department.

In a matter of seconds, several staff members responded to the room, some teachers hesitantly leaned out from classroom doors down the hall and news of the snake had even made its way to some students in other classes.

The foot-long gray and black snake was quickly ruled to be non-poisonous, was scooped up with a shovel and was 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.

There were no students in the class at the time. 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, noting with a smile how at 10:30 a.m. the day had already proved interesting.

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mylittlepony
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mylittlepony 11/16/09 - 01:03 pm
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In Georgia it is a

In Georgia it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail to possess or kill many of nongame wildlife species, including non-venomous snakes (O.C.G.A. §27-1-28).

coolette
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coolette 11/16/09 - 01:08 pm
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If you knew it was not a

If you knew it was not a threat, then why kill it???????? What did the science department have to say aout this as they teach students species!!!

jack
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jack 11/16/09 - 01:19 pm
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Stupid to kill the snake. It

Stupid to kill the snake. It shoul e have been kept around the dining room/kitchen to keep down rodents.

Frank I
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Frank I 11/16/09 - 01:19 pm
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as a snake owner, and grad of

as a snake owner, and grad of WHS, I find this rather disappointing that this animal was not humanely relocated.. it's quite likely the animal was more afraid of the humans

cj
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cj 11/16/09 - 01:24 pm
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First of all, let me qualify

First of all, let me qualify my comments by saying that I am a conservative, and an avid hunter and sportsman. I am not a tree hugger or member of PETA. That said, I find it abhorrent that the school would teach the children to kill a defenseless creature. Why not use the opportunity to teach the kids the value of reptiles to our environment? I agree with Coolette, this sends the wrong message to our children.

ANGEL
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ANGEL 11/16/09 - 01:24 pm
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I would have killed it to.

I would have killed it to.

steelermoose1
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steelermoose1 11/16/09 - 01:25 pm
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i cant believe they killed

i cant believe they killed that snake!! No reason for that.

KSL
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KSL 11/16/09 - 01:31 pm
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I can't either. Why kill it.

I can't either. Why kill it. My cats have brought snakes into my house. We just relocate them back outside, hopefully where they will not be re-found.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 11/16/09 - 01:37 pm
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Disgusting example to set for

Disgusting example to set for kids!

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 11/16/09 - 01:37 pm
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How utterly ignorant to kill

How utterly ignorant to kill a snake. They should be fined. These high profile clowns should be used as examples by the law. Maybe jail time.

tlnvols1
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tlnvols1 11/16/09 - 01:40 pm
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ANGEL step in front of my car

ANGEL step in front of my car please!!

Steve Crawford
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Steve Crawford 11/16/09 - 01:45 pm
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I suppose the school policy

I suppose the school policy is to kill all inconvenient animals. Snakes, frogs, birds, stray cats, etc.

coolette
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coolette 11/16/09 - 01:53 pm
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Hello, there is no common

Hello, there is no common sense in our schools any more, they contradict themselves on a daily basis!! What a JOKE!!!! And these people teach our CHILDREN!!!!!

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Riverman1 11/16/09 - 01:54 pm
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This is a legal matter now. A

This is a legal matter now. A crime has been committed. Of course, they will blame this on the poor janitor or whoever actually killed it. It's apparent it was done at the instructions of....someone.

ripjones
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ripjones 11/16/09 - 01:57 pm
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I had the same black snake

I had the same black snake get into my house twice last year. I picked it up both times and took it outside. The second time, a lot further away from the house. But, I've grown up around snakes and some other forms of wildlife. The killing of the snake is a typical reaction of a lot of people. Please don't jump up and immediately believe that the science teachers would know what to do with it either. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts, that many of them have never even handled a snake. I would tend to agree that the snake was probably loking for warmth, and may have even found a food source in the school. And you think the "Pest Control Officer" would let the snake live? Hopefully, some good will come out of this dicussion, but let's not over do things like asking someone to step in front of your car -- That's stupid.

leoswife
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leoswife 11/16/09 - 02:08 pm
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You people are too much! Who

You people are too much! Who cares what happened to the snake? A legal matter.....it's people like you who clog up the system with senseless litigation. I'm with ANGEL and, no, tinvols1 I will not step in front of your car!

tlnvols1
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tlnvols1 11/16/09 - 02:13 pm
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good leoswife, hate to clean

good leoswife, hate to clean it up after you

papadan
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papadan 11/16/09 - 02:18 pm
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It was Accidental, the shovel

It was Accidental, the shovel fell on it.

Frank I
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Frank I 11/16/09 - 02:27 pm
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ripjones- you grow up in

ripjones- you grow up in South Augusta? that's the only place I've heard "dollars to doughnuts"

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/16/09 - 02:32 pm
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Haven't travelled very

Haven't travelled very widely, have you Frank I?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/16/09 - 02:33 pm
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The teacher could have used

The teacher could have used that snake to educate their students on the difference between poison and non poison snakes. When realized it was non prosiness it could have been handled and shown the the differences, eyes, pit holes, shape of the body and head, and even the scales on the bottom. This snake should have never been killed.

KSL
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KSL 11/16/09 - 02:34 pm
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ripjones
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ripjones 11/16/09 - 02:48 pm
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Sorry Frank - I grew up in

Sorry Frank - I grew up in Atlanta. But I did spend 13 years Federal Paper Board, and heard it plenty of times there, too.

lorif
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lorif 11/16/09 - 02:55 pm
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It is an outrage that they

It is an outrage that they killed the poor snake. They even took it outside alive & THEN killed it. Good grief. We caught a lizard in our house yesterday. We instructed our son to take him out and gently place him in the bushes. It's a good thing the Richmond County Education Dept didn't tell him what to do, he might have beheaded it.

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 11/16/09 - 03:05 pm
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Really and truly, there

Really and truly, there aren't but four kinds of snakes to be afraid of, big ones, little ones, live ones, and dead ones. They are all a minnace to society. Kill'em all. Like it or lump it..........

Drama Mamma
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Drama Mamma 11/16/09 - 03:26 pm
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A snake is the devils

A snake is the devils creature and i think it should be killed

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/16/09 - 03:38 pm
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Stumpjumper - Drama Mamma, I

Stumpjumper - Drama Mamma, I really feel sorry for both of you for living such a sheltered life. If you have any religious belive's, you would realized that all animals are creatures of God. (Don't get me wrong, there are times that creatures of God need to be destroyed,) but this time it was unnecessary.

Frank I
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Frank I 11/16/09 - 03:43 pm
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quite the opposite Fiat, and

quite the opposite Fiat, and still the only place I've heard the phrase was living in S. Augusta and from friends that grew up in that part of town..

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 11/16/09 - 03:49 pm
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Gray and black? Hmmm, if it

Gray and black? Hmmm, if it was white it would not have been killed.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 11/16/09 - 03:53 pm
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They only killed it because

They only killed it because it was a black snake. Had it been a white snake they would have provided it with a new comfortable home. Just another example of the racial discrimination that is in effect among the rich white's of Augusta. After all, the principle is white so she MUST have ordered the execution of the poor black snake. (I beat Justus4 to it today)

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