Hundreds of bats close school

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK/WCMH) — An exclusive private school in Houston canceled classes Monday for an unusual reason: the school was infested by bats.

St. Francis Episcopal School told KTRK that one of the school’s employees noticed a smell last week, leading the school to contact wildlife authorities who confirmed a presence of a large bat colony of possibly several hundred bats. The wildlife experts spent last week trying to evacuate the bats, but their attempts were unsuccessful.

“We were there Wednesday night for a reception, and there was just one bat flying around and kids were jumping up trying to touch it, catch it, and it finally flew out the door,” said Katherine Braddock, the mother of twins who attend the school.

“They were in the roof of the big theater and then so they had to come and get them out with something,” said Skylar Bressani, a student at St. Francis. “So one morning they were just flying around backwards and forwards… some people were scared of the bats, but some people were trying to catch the bats.”

After a bat grazed a student’s hair, the student had to get rabies shots.

“We have been in contact with the family of the student,” said Joy Hilly, St. Francis’ spokesperson. “She is completely fine. I’m sure she was frightened when it happened, and we understand that.”

The school decided to cancel classes Monday “out of an abundance of caution.” The wildlife experts have given the school an all clear to resume classes as normal on Tuesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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