Rat-hunting Woman Causes NC School Lockdown

By: AP
By: AP
NC School Locked Down After Woman Hunting Rats On Her Property Is Mistaken For Armed Student.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a rat on the tundra on the Alaska Aleutian Island of Adak. State and federal wildlife biologists are gearing up for an assault on the rats of Rat Island. Rats on Aleutian Islands prey on eggs, chicks and adult seabirds. Alaska is joining forces with federal wildlife biologists in a multi-pronged attack to drive the rats from Alaska. (AP Photo/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Steve Ebbert)

(AP) Police in North Carolina say a woman hunting rats on her property caused a scare at a neighboring public school. The Times-News of Hendersonville reported Friday that a bus driver saw the woman and officials thought she was an armed student on school property.

So they kept students and staff inside the Balfour Education Center for about an hour until police determined she wasn't a threat.

Authorities say the woman wasn't on school property, wasn't doing anything wrong and had a rifle to shoot rats. She wasn't identified.

Sheriff Rick Davis says a call to authorities about the woman was properly handled.

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