Pigeon prank shuts down New Prague H.S.

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NEW PRAGUE, Minn. (KARE 11) New Prague High School was shut down for the day Friday after students released pigeons in the building.

Superintendent Tim Dittberner confirmed the closure in a Twitter post, declaring it a Digital Learning Day due to "health and safety concerns" in the wake of the bird release. He blamed the closure on "a poor choice by some students who released birds."

Dittberner later told KARE 11's Ivory Hecker that someone broke in overnight and released 12 to 14 pigeons. When employees showed up for work Friday morning bird excrement was everywhere, including by the cafeteria. The decision to call off school was made around 8 a.m.. Friday was supposted to be the last regular class day of the year, with finals set to begin Monday.

At this point is it unclear if the students responsible for the prank have been identified or if charges will be filed in the case, but both New Prague Police and Scott County Sheriff's deputies were on scene.

Students who drive to school were released at 8:45 a.m., with bus transportation home beginning at 9:10 a.m.

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