Squirrel Hunters Cause Lockdown at Ark. School
Teacher saw men with guns
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 30, 2016 3:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels. A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men about 8am Wednesday and notified administrators. According to a statement from the Hot Springs Police Department, the teacher said it looked like three men carrying rifles were running toward the school.

Officers determined the men, who were carrying pellet guns, were employees of a pest control company hired to eradicate squirrels at a neighboring apartment complex. Police say the employees fired a shot at a squirrel, missed, and chased the squirrel onto school property. A school employee said the lockdown was lifted after about an hour, the AP reports.