Student Accused Of Jumping Rope With Snake

Pittsburgh police say a high school student is facing charges for using a biology class snake as a jump rope.

Police say the incident happened Monday at Taylor Allderdice High School.

Police aren't identifying the 17-year-old suspect because he's being charged in juvenile court. The boy will be charged with theft and cruelty to animals.

The animal survived the ordeal and was being examined by a veterinarian.

Pittsburgh Public School officials on Tuesday were not immediately able to say what kind of snake it was.


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  • by Stephanie on May 24, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    I do not think this should be looked at as a crime. Expel him for 10 days and get on with life. Do people get charged if they find a snake in their yard and kill it? This is sad. Leave the boy alone already.
  • by flipflop on May 22, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    stupid kid!
  • by Phrogs4ever Location: Greenville on May 21, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    Although it was cruel, my hat is off to him! If he can even touch a snake, much less jumprope with it, he has my vote of confidence. He also has my vote for being stupid!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 21, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    To Cactus, keep saying that until you have to go to the hospital like I did when I was 11 years old after getting bit by a water moccasin, then you will think slightly different. To John, you may not try to be this way with your post but that's funny right there. To Tod of 7 Springs, AMEN to your statement. Next thing you know, some of these treehuggers up in D.C. and Raleigh will try to pass any kind of bill prohibiting hunting and fishing and the use of any kind of firearm. I will also have to say to the treehuggers that they are taking away from their little precious animals when they are eating either meat, veggies, fruit, dairy, or bread products. This is where I have a problem with these people trying to infringe on our hobbies. I have other hobbies as well as hunting and fishing. It amazes me how some people can be so stupid.
  • by lucky Location: washington on May 20, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    all of god's living creatures should not be mistreated. on april 26 one of my cats was shot through the head with an arrow I have asked for help and the sheriff's dept. acts like they don't care.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 20, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    Get educated about snakes, insects, and other crawling things. They are important to our eco system. God did have a plan when he made each and everyone of us, including the crawling things. Just because you don't like them does not mean thae should be killed.
  • by Cat on May 20, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    I agree with the charges to the student, snakes are animals too. This one was a class pet, not one in the woods. This was definitely animal cruelty.
  • by Anonymous on May 20, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Very stuipd for sure. It's not even worth a print.
  • by John Location: Dudley on May 20, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    At least he was trying to exercise. Obesity is the number issue facing school kids today.
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on May 20, 2009 at 12:39 PM
    since when is this a crime? what about stomping on and or poisoning insects? Or hunting or fishing? If this is a crime then practically everyone I know is a criminal. What next will we be charged if we dont stop to help a snake that has been ran over by an automobile? I put an eel on a hook and used it to sucker a striper into biting a hook then reeled them both in and ate them just a few weeks ago, is that cruelty to animals?And to those PETA types , the extremists, not just the regular ones who say "yes that is " I say "What do you eat?" and if you eat only veggies then arent you still stealing food away from poor little rabbits?
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