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Exotics release counts as calamity day for schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Three eastern Ohio school districts that
canceled classes when dozens of tigers, bears and other exotics
animals were let loose don't have to make up an extra school day.
Three districts in Muskingum County canceled classes Oct. 19 as
a safety precaution because local law enforcement wasn't sure
whether the creatures released by their suicidal owner were still
prowling the area. Authorities were forced to kill 48 animals.
The state superintendent on Wednesday approved waivers for the
schools under the state's definition of "calamity day."
A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education says the
schools couldn't transport the students to class because of safety
concerns that were beyond districts' control.
The state allows schools five so-called calamity days for
circumstances such as hazardous weather or disease epidemics.


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