Armadillo on Ice Sets Off Scare at Bonaire School | Schools
The Bonaire Middle School went on a code yellow Wednesday due to a dead body in a cooler -- an armadillo's body.
School spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin says it happened after a parent arriving at school Wednesday morning noticed a cooler next to a car in the parking lot, then saw the same cooler several hours later.
The school's resource officer reported it to the Houston County Sheriff's Office.
Several officers responded to the school, and one of them eventually opened the cooler.
According to McLaughlin, it contained a dead armadillo on ice.
She said a teacher at the middle school left it there.
He said that the armadillo bit his dog, and he intended to bring it to a vet to have it checked for rabies. He left the cooler outside his car due to the smell.
In a code yellow, the school is locked and students remain in class, but classwork continues. The school went back to normal within an hour.
McLaughlin said the incident illustrates how nervous people are about unattended packages and bags.
School officials have not released the teacher's name. She said he is "embarrassed and totally humiliated."
The armadillo is a cat-sized, scaly, insect-eating mammal that originated in South America but has spread around the Southeast, including to Georgia. The nine-banded armadillo is the state small mammal of Texas.