Feral cat shuts down Glen Burnie elementary school


It's a story with nine lives, it seems.

The feral cat which shut down Richard Henry Lee Elementary School Friday morning had not been found by Friday afternoon, said Bob Mosier, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

The feline — whose size and breed have yet to be disclosed — was detected Friday morning before students got into the building. School officials kept students outside the Glen Burnie school, which typically starts at 8:45 a.m.

With the cat still at-large, the elementary school closed at 9:45 a.m. Bus riders were transported home. Around 500 students who walk or get dropped off by car were supervised until they were picked up Friday morning.

Six cat traps were placed throughout the building, Mosier said. The traps - approximately 6-to-7-feet long and 1-foot wide – are designed to trap the cat without causing it harm.

Additionally, the school has activated approximately 14 motion-detecting alarms in the search for the cat, Mosier said.

So far, the cat has not activated the traps or the alarms.

Robin Catlett, with Anne Arundel County Animal Control, said this morning the agency was unsure how it would proceed if it found the cat.

“It would really depend on all the facts,” she said.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools students are off until Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday. Mosier said it was too early to consider what happens if the cat is not found.

“We're hoping this ends far sooner rather than later,” he said.

This story has been revised to correct the purpose of the traps set to capture the cat.

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