By CAROLINE MURRAY
FONDA -- Deer remains from a possible road kill were found in the locker of a Fonda-Fultonville High School student last week.
High School Principal David Halloran said the parts were discovered June 9 by staff members who detected an alarming odor coming from the hallway early in the morning.
The following day, Halloran said three underclassmen were suspended for taking part in the act and two more were held accountable for having knowledge of the incident, but not reporting the students.
An automated call was sent out to parents informing them of the incident which helped provide him with information about who was responsible.
"I did an auto call Monday night. Obviously I wanted to control the message in the sense that I didn't want parents around the dinner table hearing that there is deer guts in the locker," Halloran said.
He said the deer remains were brought in Friday morning in a plastic bag by three underclassmen. He said the remains were transferred from each of their lockers until one of the students left school legally.
"They kind of played musical lockers a little bit among two or three friends," he said.
Halloran said the two other students ended up placing the parts in the locker of the student who left and it stayed there all weekend.
The following Monday, Halloran said staff members went from locker to locker of the hallway until they found the odor.
Halloran said the school called the Montgomery County Department of Public Health to ensure the parts were disposed of properly.
Public Health Director Kim Conboy said the department was made aware of the situation and the removal and cleanup procedure were reviewed with school officials.
Halloran said they handled the incident sufficiently.
The school also made a phone call to the state Department of Environmental Conservation informing officials there of the situation.
Halloran said the deer was tagged and he gave the appropriate information to the DEC, but he believes the deer parts came from road kill.
"That's my understanding, but can't confirm that," he said.