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Raccoon Closes CPS School

Bill Rinehart
Urban raccoons are not exactly rare. This one was spotted on Mercer in Over-the-Rhine in 2017.

South Avondale School will be closed Thursday. A spokeswoman for Cincinnati Public Schools says a large raccoon was running around the inside of the building Wednesday morning, and "in an abundance of caution" students and staff were moved to Rockdale for the rest of the day.

The school will be closed for cleaning. 
Lauren Worley says no one is sure how the animal got in the building, but no one was in harm's way. She says officials talked to wildlife officials and planned to capture it in a "humane" manner. 
The raccoon will be euthanized to keep it from returning.

Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio ever since.