ACT Testing for local high school students, which was being conducted in the Gadsden State Cherokee Arena Wednesday morning – was re-scheduled after a lone bat found its way into the facility. As the bat swooped across the arena, a male student actually caught it for just a moment before letting it go. Fortunately, the student apparently wasn’t harmed in any way – suffering neither a bite nor any scratches.
Due to the commotion instructors determined that it would be best to call off testing for the day and set another date. Students were then transported from Gadsden State by bus, back to school. A company dealing with such animal control issues was immediately dispatched from Etowah County to the local campus of Gadsden State to deal with the situation.
We learned that Gadsden State Cherokee has been inspected by their pest control company recently and absolutely cleared of having any sort of infestation concerning bats. They had been asked to specifically address the issue after employees had on one or two occasions in the past noticed a bat around the glass doors.
Representatives assure us that all possible steps are being taken to remedy this situation as quickly as possible.