Walls Elementary School in Mississippi is surrounded by farmland and those fields have critters in them, so it is no wonder that a snake had found its way onto the school grounds, but what is really peculiar is where the snake made its appearance.
The snake, identified as a gray rat snake, a harmless non-venomous reptile that most likely eats the rats in the farmland next to the school, fell through a ceiling and landed next to a teacher’s desk.
While some were concerned a snake found its way into a classroom, one man who has a grandchild at the school was not surprised at all of their presence.
“They’re plowing this time of year and it makes the snakes and frogs and everything else move out of the area,” John Thompson told WMC Action News 5.
Parents and teachers say the measures that school officials are taking to keep them off the property are seemingly not working, according to WMC Action News 5. The DeSoto County Schools paid a pest control company to have snake repellent sprayed on the school grounds in hopes of keeping the snakes away and also searched the school building for more snakes. None apparently were found.
The snake, according to WMC Action News 5 reporter Janice Broach, was “expelled, getting the death penalty.” If true, then the school missed out on a valuable teachable moment about the important ecological role that snakes, and especially gray rat snakes play in the farming community in which the school is located.