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Police shoot raccoon hitching ride on school bus

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A school resource officer and a bus driver chased a raccoon off a school bus at a high school in Matthews Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred at Butler High School located at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg School bus driver picked up the bus and drove all the way to the school before discovering a raccoon was hitching a ride inside the bus.

The driver pulled up to the school and immediately motioned for the school resource officer to assist her in getting the raccoon off the bus.

No students were on the bus at the time, and they never came in contact with the animal.

The officer chased the raccoon off the bus and it ran into a nearby clearing where it was shot and killed.

The carcass will be sent to the State Lab in Raleigh for testing to determine if it has rabies.

Police have informed CMS officials about how to decontaminate the bus in case the animal tests positive for rabies.

In the meantime, the school bus will be kept at the Craig Avenue bus shelter until a decision is made to place it back into service.

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