A deadly black cobra slithered into the compound of a Tamil primary school near Bukit Mertajam but fortunately the security guard was alert enough and spotted it.
The security guard saw the snake, which was about 0.6m long, inside the entrance of SJK (T) Ladang Alma on Tuesday at about 6am before the students and teachers came to school following the extended Labour Day weekend.
The school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Sugumaran Gurusamy said the security guard caught the snake and released it in a nearby jungle without harming it.
He also said that the association had advised the school administration to scatter sulphur around the school compound to prevent a similar incident from occuring again.
“The snake could have come from the rubber estate located nearby. We believe it could have come out due to the heat,” Sugumaran said, adding that the PTA planned to conduct a massive gotong-royong to clean up the school’s surroundings.
He said it was the first time a snake had entered the school compound. Sugumaran also said a photo was posted on a Facebook page where a snake was slithering up the wall of what looked like a classroom was not of the school.
A. Annamal, 67, said the school should take measures to ensure such an incident do not occur again. “Two of my grandchildren aged seven and nine are studying here and I was worried upon hearing that a snake had entered the school”, she continued.
Penang education director Shaari Osman said he had not received any report of the incident when he was contacted.