West Scranton High School dismisses early due to ‘bobcat’ scare

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PA Game Commission confirms animal is not a bobcat

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — West Scranton High School dismissed students at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday due to an animal in the school.

Earlier in the day, school officials contacted the PA Game Commission over what they thought was a bobcat in the building.

After finding the animal, it was confirmed to be a cat. The cat was taken by Scranton Animal Control to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

The district says a burglary alarm went off over the weekend. When staff came in on Monday, they saw security video with what they thought was a cat on camera.

The school contacted the game commission and animal control, who both said it was a bobcat.

Animal control set up a trap in the attic and caught a cat. The Game Commission says they believe that is what they saw on security footage.

The cat was taken to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter where they confirmed the cat was microchipped and had been missing for two months.

They say the cat, named Kakashi, is an exotic cat which tends to be on the larger side. Kakashi has been reunited with its owners.

Animal control has another trap set up in the school for Tuesday night to confirm there was only one cat in the building, and not a bobcat.

Based on recommendations from animal control and the game commission, students and staff will work remotely on Wednesday.

According to a message from principal Robert DeLuca, school was dismissed as a precautionary measure.

“Unfortunately, tonight’s National Honor Society Program is postponed and will be rescheduled,” the statement from the school read.

Keystone Exams will be postponed to next Wednesday, June 9. Class Day is still scheduled for Friday at 1:00 p.m. The National Honor Society Program is also rescheduled for next Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m.

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