West St. Paul school students have exotic spring break

  • Article by: Erin Adler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2013 - 12:08 AM

At Heritage E-STEM Magnet School in West St. Paul, 80 kids on the Marine Team care for a menagerie of fish and reptiles.

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apomme42Apr. 3, 13 3:25 PM

This python is a serious danger in the classroom! The teacher is irresponsible and even jokes, "the python 'is probably not the best thing,'”. Melissa Kaplan, a Herp Care specialist says, "No matter how many years one has had a snake, no matter how familiar the snake is with its owner-family, hunger, fear, unease and other factors can trigger instinctual behaviors. No matter how tame, it will always be a wild animal. Examples were published in the February 1994 issue of Reptiles and in the general press in 1996 (NY Teen Killed by Pet Burmese), (2008: Apprentice Zookeeper Killed By Python)" "A three-metre (12 feet)long Burmese python can easily kill a child and a five-metre (16.5 feet) Burmese python is capable of overpowering and killing a fully grown adult." The Humane Society reports that seventeen people have died from constrictor snake related incidents in the United States since 1978, 15 of them since 2010.

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bizzle22Apr. 4, 1310:53 AM

I was in that classroom myself and I can tell you the students did not handle the python at all. Doud did all of it. Not sure if that is still the case, but if he lets students handle it now I am positive that he would properly train them. He's a fantastic teacher and the fact that he leads a club like this is just more evidence of that. Keep it up Mr. Doud!

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littlebootsApr. 4, 1311:16 AM

W Saint Paul is in the East metro not the south. It is less than a mile from downtown Saint Paul. It is really nothing more than a neighborhood of Saint Paul and should be annexed.

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