Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Deer vandalizes school

Doe breaks door, smashes wall

Express Staff Writer

When staff arrived at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum on Monday morning, they were greeted with a smashed front door and thoughts of vandalism.

Turns out, the vandal was nothing more than a young female deer.

"This is my 19th year here, and this is our first animal break-in," said school Principal Don Haisley. "It was definitely a first for me!"

According to Haisley, he and custodian Jose Baeza believe the deer broke through the front door and wandered the halls, smashing a hole in a wall by the gymnasium, before getting stuck in the cold entryway near the back of the school.

Haisley said Baeza believed the damage was caused by vandals—until he saw the trapped deer.


"He went to turn the lights on and he heard this rustling," Haisley said. "[The doe] was trying to get out, but she wasn't successful."

The doe was reportedly jumping against the back door, smashing against the glass and panic bar in her attempts to escape. Haisley said that when Baeza opened the door, the doe immediately ran off, apparently uninjured.

Baeza said he did not see a rack or even spikes on the deer, leading him to believe it was a doe. Haisley said a large buck probably could not have gotten inside the school, despite a buck's ability to use antlers to break through.

"Too big of a rack wouldn't have been able to get through the glass," he said.

Haisley said both doors have been patched up for now and will be replaced next week. He said he did not have an estimate for how much it would cost to fix the deer-inflicted damage.

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