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She teaches math and corrals snakes with one hand. A North Texas teacher saves the day

North Texas teacher snags a snake with one hand

Watch as this fearless Texas math teacher solves the slithering problem while her co-workers climb on tables and, frankly, scream.
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Watch as this fearless Texas math teacher solves the slithering problem while her co-workers climb on tables and, frankly, scream.

Teachers at Honey Grove Elementary School in Honey Grove, Texas, had an unwanted snake visit their after-school tutorials classroom.

But Laurie Schroeder, a fifth-grade math teacher, took action.

Her colleague, Karon Cunningham, a science teacher, was there to capture all the drama as it unfolded on a May afternoon.

"The other teachers and I had just finished after-school tutorials, and one of the students said they saw a snake go into one of the classrooms," Cunningham said. "We didn’t know what kind of snake it was or how big a threat it was."

In the 25-second video clip, Schroeder can be seen near what appears to be a small cubicle on the floor attempting to corral the snake. Two other teachers jumped on top of a nearby desk, while another stands in the wings waiting to see whether Schroeder can get the snake.

The teachers screamed — and laughed — as one yelled, "Oh, my God, it tried to strike you," and another teacher said, "It was jumping."

Cunningham remained quiet off camera as the scene unfolded.

"We just knew we couldn’t let it get out of the classroom since there were still students in the building," Cunningham said.

After a few seconds, Schroeder was able to get the snake with one hand, while holding a broom in the other hand and put the snake inside a small trash can. Schroeder later released the snake back into the wild.

Animal Control in the DeSoto area found a 15-foot Burmese python, which got us thinking, where else would exotic animals be found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Turns out, the Human Society of North Texas has everything from pythons to chinchillas

Prescotte Stokes III: 817-390-7028, @PrescotteStokes
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