Venomous Snake Bites 2 Students In Class

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIG SANDY, Texas (AP) - Two high school students bitten by a
venomous snake in science class are recovering at an East Texas
hospital.
School officials in Big Sandy today say the students were bitten
yesterday by a cottonmouth water moccasin their teacher had
misidentified as non-venomous.
They were taken to a hospital yesterday when their hands began
swelling.
Big Sandy Superintendent Scott Beene says the students are OK
but remain hospitalized for observation. The snake was given to a
nearby zoo.
Beene said the snake that turned out to be a cottonmouth had
been brought in earlier this year.
Beene said he didn't know if the district will allow snakes back
into any classes. He said the district plans to revisit its
policies about bringing animals on campus.


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