Venomous snake bites students in class

October 21, 2008 2:18:43 PM PDT
Two high school students bitten by a venomous snake in science class are recovering at an East Texas hospital. School officials in Big Sandy said Tuesday the students were bitten by a cottonmouth snake their teacher had misidentified as non-venomous. They were taken to a hospital Monday when their hands began swelling.

Big Sandy Superintendent Scott Beene said Tuesday the students are OK but remain hospitalized for observation. The snake was given to a nearby zoo.

Beene said the school district would revisit its policies about bringing animals on campus.

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