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School district says rattlesnake bit Steele High School student

October 6, 2018

A rattlesnake bit a Steele High School student on campus Friday morning, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District said in a letter to parents and community members.

The student “was bitten by a small rattlesnake” about 10:20 a.m. “in a breezeway just outside of the gymnasium,” SCUC said in the statement, posted on its Facebook page.

“Coaches in the area immediately killed the snake,” and the student was taken to a hospital for “evaluation and possible treatment,” the statement said. It said the “snake fence” at the school, which was installed in 2012 and replaced in 2015, was last inspected on Thursday.

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The district could not immediately be reached for comment on the incident or the student’s current condition.

“Recent rains, coupled with ongoing construction in the area adjacent to the school,” have affected wildlife habitat and pushed some animals to venture onto the campus, the district said. A groundskeeper checks for such intrusion and students and staff are asked to immediately report any wildlife they see on campus, it said.

“The district is constantly reviewing our procedures and precautions to minimize these chance encounters between human and animal as well as all other safety protocols,” SCUC said.

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