By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – Pre school students arriving for class this morning at the Shoshoni School were shocked to find their classroom in disarray with chairs and tables turned over, classroom supplies scattered all over the floor, and a general mess.
Judging from the tiny green footprints found around the room, the suspects appear to be Leprechauns. Traps the children set on Friday in case a Leprechaun(s) came over the weekend had all been tripped, but there were no captives to be found. They all escaped.
“What happened?” said Carson Kisling, 5, with his mouth open after being the first to arrive at the classroom right after 7:45 a.m. “Look what they did,” said four-year-old Max Peters. The biggest squeals of disbelief came when the children discovered the Leprechauns had used their bathroom. “Ooooooooo, it’s all green in there,” young Kisling said.
Perhaps the student who was most impacted by the Leprechaun’s carnage was Kacey Babcock, 4. “We just moved here from Lander and today is her first day here,” said mom Melissa. Kacey held on tight to her mother’s leg while looking at the mess. Teacher Shawnna Gibbel introduced herself to the new student, and then gave her a tour of the room and explaining that Leprechauns had been there over the weekend and the room was usually much cleaner.
Fremont County School District #24 Superintendent Tammy Cox even showed up to survey the scene, double checking the Leprechaun traps to make sure they had all gone.
“We did this last year and the kids just loved it,” Gibbel said. “And they had the classroom ship shape in only 15 minutes after they started cleaning. This year the cleaning began when the first students arrived and they began cleaning up around their assigned spaces.
A variety of homemade Leprechaun traps had been left to catch the mischievous little green people, but only little gold (chocolate) coins were left in the traps.
The Shoshoni Pre School has 20 students enrolled.