Leesburg, Va. (March 5, 2015) – Surprises can be a good thing…unless they involve snakes.
Leesburg Elementary Principal Angela Robinson discovered this on Friday, February 27.
Throughout February, Leesburg’s students read 150,000 minutes as part of the “Fill Your Heart with Reading” reading challenge. As a reward for meeting their goal, Robinson said she would allow herself to be surprised in front of the student body.
At the appointed hour, the principal was led blindfolded into the multi-purpose room and placed in a seat on the stage. As she sat, Robinson allowed that there are only two things she’s afraid of: mice and snakes.
Still blindfolded, Robinson was instructed to hold out her hands. At that point, Becky Shore, the owner and director of Wildlife Ambassadors in Purcellville, placed Jada, a Ball Python, in Robinson’s grasp.
The 500-plus students, who had been silent to that point, erupted in laughter as Robinson squirmed.
Actually, Jada is not a squirmy animal.
Shore explained that Ball Pythons are one of the few snakes that protect and keep their eggs warm. They get their name from their practice of rolling into a tight ball to ward off predators.
None of which seemed to bring any comfort to Robinson as she clutched the snake.
Assistant Principal Robert Mainhart was much more comfortable with Jada. He took time to take a “snake selfie” as the snake wrapped herself around his arm.