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RIEGELWOOD, NC (WWAY) — First it was snakes on a plane. Now it’s snakes in a school. But this is not a movie. It’s real life, and it has parents concerned about their children’s safety.

So far eight snakes have been found at Acme Delco Elementary School. Most recently, a student found a snake Thursday in the computer lab coiled up in a basket used for recyclable paper.

“I just really don’t want a child to be bitten by a snake, especially if they’re poisonous,” said Angel Simmons, who’s son attends the school..

Principal Janet Hedrick said snake experts have identified them as non-venomous corn snakes.

“Of course I am very concerned that there’s any intrusion into our building that would frighten children or frighten adults or pose any kind of threat to our children,” Hedrick said.

Hedrick thinks the snakes came in through the outdoor freezers this summer to look for water, but some parents think the school has rats. Hedrick says exterminators are inspecting the building.

“They have pulled out everything and looked under it, looked around it, sealed all cracks,” Hedrick said. “They’re sealing every crack they can find today, so we’re taking all the precautions we know how.”

“You can’t technically look for snakes really good if the children are still in the school,” Simmons said.

Hedrick said the school used its call alert system to notify parents, but not everyone got the call.

“I have to get a text message from another parent telling me there’s snakes in the school and the school can’t contact me at all? They have my numbers, they have my e-mails, they have my address,” concerned parents Heather Coleman. “It’s a lack of communication when there’s snakes in the school and we’re not being told about it.”

Hedrick said, “We’re doing all that we can do to make sure that our children are safe, and not only that they’re safe, but that they feel safe.”

Hedrick said there very well could be more snakes, but again, she said they are not dangerous and they have maintenance crews constantly coming in to check the school.

Columbus County Schools Superintendent Dan Strickland said the school contacted a state risk control specialist to see if there was anything else they could do. The specialist sent back a list of inspection recommendations, which the school has already followed.

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2016 years 2 months ago

The school system could take the red corn snakes and bus them to the schools that have too many black racers. Then some of the black racers could be bussed across the county to the school the red snakes were removed from. Then they would all be equal in fairy tale land.

Guest of Surf City Tom
2016 years 2 months ago

Of all, the racist, poor politicking, blame Bush-blame Obama finger-pointing ignorant posts on any news item of the past four years, the comments on this story are the most ignorant ever.

I can’t even tell if some of it might not be sarcasm. Are these writers really that out of touch with language or are some of these posts using exaggeration to make fun of those who are? I can no longer identify the sarcasm because nobody employs simple editing. It’s difficult to tell: is it ignorant or is it brilliant sarcasm?

Haven’t we all learned by now not to… Read more »

Guest of Karen Flood's teachers (poor souls)
2016 years 2 months ago

And boy does she have frantic. I’m saying she does not need any more frantic.

On the other hand, this post could use a period or two just to let the reader catch his breath. Please. Pretty please. Maybe come to the end of a thought and stop it with a period so it doesn’t crash into the next thought.

And another thing, “Snakes needed to be continued searched for additionally!!!.” Now, if I understand the true nature of multiple exclamation points, besides their being the universal sign of ignorance, the extra exclamation points clearly identify the seriousness of the situation and… Read more »

Guest of your Grammar and Gramper
2016 years 2 months ago

“You can’t technically look for snakes really good…”

This is the principal speaking?

Well, what can you do TECHNICALLY? What is technically, a new word to replace basically? Does it make you sound smarter because it’s technical? If they could do it, technically, wouldn’t they do it well rather than good?

Karen Flood
2016 years 2 months ago

I think the school should be shut down so it can be searched down for additonal snakes just incase it’s more little ones of premises it would make me feel good and also get whatever you can to keep snakes barred from publicly especially please do something my daughter needs no more frantic than she has!!

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