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Published February 08, 2011, 06:56 PM

Carrington Raccoon Incident Draws School Board's Attention

Carrington School Board President Scott Fetch said he assumes the board will discuss Saturday’s incident in which the Carrington wrestling team stowed a raccoon on its team bus.

By: Michael Savaloja, Forum Communications

Carrington School Board President Scott Fetch said he assumes the board will discuss Saturday’s incident in which the Carrington wrestling team stowed a raccoon on its team bus at today’s regular school board meeting, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the high school.

“I’m assuming it will come up. It hasn’t been added to the agenda yet,” Fetch said.

Carrington forfeited Saturday’s championship dual of the North Dakota Region 2 dual high school wrestling tournament held in Grafton after school officials learned the athletes were exposed to a live wild raccoon earlier in the day.

Grafton police Sgt. Anthony Dumas said the Carrington wrestling team acquired what they thought was a dead raccoon somewhere on the team’s trip to the tournament.

The incident was reported to authorities by a concerned caller at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Raccoons can transmit rabies.

On Monday night, it was unclear whether the Carrington School Board planned to take any disciplinary action against Carrington’s head wrestling coach, Mark Pazdernik, or any of the team’s assistant coaches.

“I can’t comment on that until after the meeting,” Fetch said.

Savaloja writes for the Jamestown Sun

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