HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Rats at a public school are usually bad news, but there’s a silver lining to this story.

Thirty rats were found over the weekend on the grounds of Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown. The Humane Society of Washington County says they are domesticated animals — and they make wonderful pets.

Principal Stephen Tarason says they even come when called.

He says someone apparently dumped the rats on the school grounds or in the nearby woods.

Tarason says the building manager who found the rats told him they were huddled under a pine tree in an area that is not used as a playground.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. sheriff says:

    Idiot parents who allow their snot nose kids to buy or buy for them & when they grow bored with the work & responsibility of caring for the rodents, Boom, they let them free to create a mess. Just like the a….holes with pet snakes that get to big. Parents are to blame. Fine them, jail them.

  2. Billy says:

    Should have let them lose at the State House they would have felt right at home……..

    1. Alexandra Brown says:

      Too funny!!!

    2. sheriff says:

      Good one Billy, LMAO.

  3. Stacey V-AwarenessHelps Citraro says:

    These poor animals….What the fricken frack is wrong with people???!!!! There is a pathetic and uneducated bunch these days!!! Just burns me up!!! I hope they are in good hands now!!! ||| http://www.ruaware.co.nr

  4. whatnow says:

    Could someone complete the story. Did they pick them up? Are they going to get a good home? Are they going to starve under the pine tree because they are used to being hand fed and don’t know how to forage for food?

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