"Can we catch it? Can we catch it?" asked some of the 11 kids on board, according to Jimmie Scroggins, father of two riders.The bus driver has been suspended for letting the boys do it, and I guess I can't argue with that. But it's still kind of cool.
[The bus driver] first said no, then changed her mind and pulled over.
Four boys ran off the bus, hopped a fence, chased the alligator into a mud hole, got it to clamp its teeth around a stick and wrapped its head with their shirts. A fifth boy happened to have a roll of electrical tape handy, which took care of keeping the reptile's jaws shut.
"It was the first thing that came into my head," said 14-year-old Jacob Scroggins when asked why he wanted to catch the gator.
After a 15-minute struggle, the boys triumphantly got back on the bus with their squirming, angry prize.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
This is one of the things that makes Florida slightly different from some of the other states. A school bus in Lacoochee, Florida was taking some kids home from school last Thursday when a four-foot alligator crossed the road in front of them: