By: Megan Boatwright
Parents from a local elementary school got a very surprising letter from their principal today. The letter said a 4th Grade Student brought three dead kittens to school in her backpack.
When Tom Herndon read the bright pink letter from the school, he just laughed.
"My first thought was a little humorous," said the parent.
After a little chuckle, he did get serious. "I mean I have cats so I took it seriously," said Herndon.
So did the staff at the elementary school. "Our biggest concern was we did not know for sure what the kittens had died from, and whether it was communicable or not," said Jeanne Johnson, Principal.
After getting to school this morning the kittens stayed in the girls backpack. At lunchtime she put one in her pocket, and took it to the playground to show her friends.
"We didn't know how much they'd been handled," said Principal Johnson. "Or by how many children so we just wanted to make sure that we were as cautious as possible."
Seven children, including the girl, went home for showers. The kittens were sent to the Public Health Department for testing, and the whole school got a copy of the pink letter.
The principal said, "It was our understanding that the mother of these kittens was a stray, and we understood that maybe our student had played with the cat before."
In fact to protect her daughter the girl's mother had told her not to handle the dumpster cat, and had no idea about the kittens.
"Imagine how you'd feel if your child brought dead kittens to school," said Johnson. "She was just really surprised."
The incident did work to teach kids at the elementary school an important lesson said 1st Grader Chance Herndon. "No petting dead cats, dogs or animals."