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

(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.

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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. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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