Snakes Close High School

November 19, 2011 by staff 

Snakes Close High School, A Central California high school has shut down after five rattlesnakes were spotted on campus in less than three weeks.

Gustine High School in Merced County closed its doors for two days on Wednesday over concerns about student safety. Rattlesnakes are venomous, and their bites can be fatal.

District Superintendent Gail McWilliams tells the Merced Sun-Star that the source of the infestation is not known. Police speculate that someone may have left a pregnant rattlesnake on the school grounds.

All of the snakes that have been spotted are thought to be babies because they were less than a foot long. They were all killed.

An animal control agency has been called in to search for more snakes while the school is closed.

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One Response to “Snakes Close High School”

  1. Dan Kuykendall on November 19th, 2011 11:15 pm

    In 1968 I attended Bonita Vista High School in Bonita California, up on Otay Mesa. We regularly killed rattlesnakes out on the fields before we could have Gym Class. 5 in 3 weeks is nothing as long as it is not in the classroom. Welcome to the ever shrinking habitate.