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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CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/16/09 - 03:00 pm
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It is truly beyond words how

It is truly beyond words how some humans can make a racist thing out of a snake.

momma mia
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momma mia 11/16/09 - 03:02 pm
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It was really stupid to kill

It was really stupid to kill the snake. Also, to the writer of this article, Preston Sparks, snakes do not have poison. They have venom. Therefore, a snake is venomous or non-venomous, not poisonous or non-poisonous.

lddist
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lddist 11/16/09 - 03:05 pm
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they should have used the

they should have used the snake as a disciplinary tool...get in trouble, crawl in th box with a snake

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 11/16/09 - 03:11 pm
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Although, I don't like snakes

Although, I don't like snakes at all. I think they should took him off to the woods and released him.But, folks let's not go overboard, it was snake.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/16/09 - 03:16 pm
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RCR - a very good common

RCR - a very good common sense post! See, you are not all bad.

RichmondCountyResident1
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RichmondCountyResident1 11/16/09 - 03:33 pm
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Cobalt. I'm not bad at all. I

Cobalt. I'm not bad at all. I just look at life differently than you do. You see I'm shaped by my background, and you are too.Everybody will see this differently. Some are terrified of snakes and will kill it on sight. Some are more exposed to snakes, so they will spare it's life.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/16/09 - 03:43 pm
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Yes, Cobalt, RCR really is

Yes, Cobalt, RCR really is all bad, even if he sometimes makes some sense. After all, even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 11/16/09 - 04:26 pm
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RCR, even I have to agree

RCR, even I have to agree with you this time.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 11/16/09 - 04:35 pm
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What time will the memorial

What time will the memorial service for the snake be held???

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 11/16/09 - 04:48 pm
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ignorant rednecks. why kill a

ignorant rednecks. why kill a non-venomous snake? keep them around. you'll have fewer mice and rats.

jaschild
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jaschild 11/16/09 - 05:27 pm
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i'd rather see grant money go

i'd rather see grant money go to improving the living conditions of non-venemous snakes than one dime spent on trying to figure out why certain people don't graduate from college.

mable8
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mable8 11/16/09 - 05:50 pm
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While I do not like snakes in

While I do not like snakes in any form or fashion, I also recognize the need for them in our ecological system. Killing the non-venomous snake was senseless and inhumane. Unfortunately, most people react this way.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/16/09 - 06:16 pm
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There are 4 dangerous snakes

There are 4 dangerous snakes in the Southeast and the coral snake hardly counts since it is nocturnal, non-striking and about the size of a pencil. The other three, cotton mouth, rattlesnake, and copperhead are easily recognizable. It's not that hard to memorize three snakes, especially if you're phobic about them. My girls could spot the 4 snakes and 3 spiders to watch out for in this area when they were in the first grade.

soldout
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soldout 11/16/09 - 06:17 pm
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I thought they taught

I thought they taught evolution in school and the man with the shovel has evolved further along than the snake. Doing the right thing takes morals and with separation of church and state we can't have that in school.

butler123
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butler123 11/16/09 - 06:20 pm
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If my cat brought a snake in

If my cat brought a snake in my house I would kill the cat! Just kidding, I hate snakes, but if they knew it was not harmful there was no reason to kill it.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 11/16/09 - 06:24 pm
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I hunted on this mans

I hunted on this mans property for years. His only rule was eat what you kill. I say make them eat the snake.

KSL
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KSL 11/16/09 - 06:31 pm
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Butler, problem is, I don't

Butler, problem is, I don't always know which cat is the culprit. The funniest sight I've seen regarding cats and snakes was one who tried to bring a snake in. She had is perfectly balanced in her mouth. It made her look like she had a giant handlebar mustache.

Pu239
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Pu239 11/16/09 - 07:14 pm
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I hear they were gonna let
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I hear they were gonna let the snake go, but he pulled a pistol on the pest control officer!

dani
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dani 11/16/09 - 08:59 pm
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I try to keep my distance, if

I try to keep my distance, if they leave me alone, I leave them alone. Of course, if he was inside my house he would just have to go...quietly if possible. I saw one in my backyard recently, came inside, checked later in the day and he had gone. NO problem.

sassylassie
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sassylassie 11/16/09 - 09:34 pm
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cj, great post. i second

cj, great post. i second that.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/16/09 - 09:42 pm
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May a plague of rodents

May a plague of rodents infest the pants of the man who killed the snake.......while he's wearing them!

sdfsdf
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sdfsdf 11/16/09 - 09:59 pm
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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?

eachoneteachone
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eachoneteachone 11/16/09 - 10:22 pm
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I thought that Westside was a

I thought that Westside was a better school. I would have expected this elsewhere.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 11/17/09 - 01:25 am
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Comments such as these over a

Comments such as these over a simple snake incident are exactly why the schools consider "No News the Best News" and generally prefer to release information through a press information officer. This article really isn't even worth the paper it was written on and amazingly draws more responses about the death of a snake than do many articles about violence in our area against human beings. Amazing.

inthearea
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inthearea 11/17/09 - 10:27 am
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This is crazy. I have been

This is crazy. I have been laughing so hard at some of these comments. You people need to think before you type. It's a snake. Non-venomous or not. It was inside of a school. Could you imagine how some of the students were reacting that know nothing about a snake. I'm a hunter. If I see a snake. It will be dead. If my cat brought in snake, butler123, I'm with you. lol. There are more important things that you people should be discussing like hmmmm "Pray in school".

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/17/09 - 07:17 pm
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Inthearea, I see no reason to

Inthearea, I see no reason to kill something simply because its there and you can do it. Snakes are useful, they feed on bugs and small rodents and now because it has been killed that many more pests will be allowed to thrive and multiply. As far as the students reaction to the snake, I've seen kids have the same extreme reactions to seeing bugs. It is just as foolish as their reactions to a harmless snake.

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