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Snake infestation hits California high school

November 28, 2011 | 12:24 pm

About 500 high school students in Central California had something extra to be thankful for after a snake infestation gave them an extra-long holiday break.

Gustine High School students headed back to school Monday after school officials declared the campus snake-free.

In late October and early November, five Northern Pacific rattlesnakes were found on the high school campus in Gustine, a city about 30 miles west of Merced. Some of the snakes were in classrooms.

Gustine High students were sent home early on Nov. 16; then given off the following two days so crews could sweep the school for snakes. The campus was already scheduled to be off the entire week of Thanksgiving.

The Gustine Unified School District superintendent must now file paperwork with California to figure out if students will have to make up the two missed days of class.

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