Horse at School

I'm not sure if this is a prank, or just a case of bizarre willfulness. Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut warned a father and daughter not to bring their horse to school. They brought it anyway, so the school has charged them with breach of peace. From

Police were called Friday morning when a Westport man and his daughter walked a horse onto the campus of Staples High School, police said. School officials became concerned when a large group of students gathered near the horse and reported it, police said.
School officials had previously warned the family not to bring the horse onto school property and became concerned about the safety of students, police said.
Security personnel at Bedford Middle School in Westport told the father and daughter not to enter the campus with the horse but they entered the property and continued to walk to the high school, police said.

It would be a prank to lock a cow or some other animal inside a school building. But in this case it seems like the father and daughter just really wanted to show off their horse. One hundred years ago it would have been quite normal to ride your horse to school.

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Posted on Tue Jun 10, 2008


I don't think it would have been "normal" (as in most people did it) to bring your horse to school 100 years ago. Horses were serious investments as well as modes of transport and it would have been unlikely to be sitting at a schoolyard hitching post the whole day for most owners.

Also, schools would be situated within walking distance. I am sure some people rode horses to schools but it would have been "abnormal" even then.
Posted by Floormaster Squeeze  on  Tue Jun 10, 2008  at  11:25 AM
My grandfather was born in rural Iowa in 1915 and he often told me stories about driving the 'school bus' as a teenager - esentially an open hay wagon. In rural areas kids lived too far out to walk, and parents worked on the farm so it's not like they could drop them off on their way to work. I assume the horses spent the day at school until it was time to go home.

Not sure about this story though, was this just 'show-n-tell' gone out of control?
Posted by Kristen55  on  Tue Jun 10, 2008  at  06:19 PM
My grandmother grew up on a farm some miles from town, and she drove a horse-drawn buggy to school every day of the school year. I guess it wasn't against the rules then.

I wonder if the school in Westport has also banned little lambs.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Tue Jun 10, 2008  at  06:42 PM
that has to be a bloody prank mate... has to be. You dont' take your pony to school
Posted by Download Ringtones  on  Tue Jun 10, 2008  at  07:39 PM
Everbody used to go to school by pig

or ostrich

Posted by Floormaster Squeeze  on  Wed Jun 11, 2008  at  01:30 PM
This was a protest against high gas prices, and it wasn't a horse, but the girls aging pony. She walked it to school with her father following her in his vehicle.
Posted by Mandi  on  Mon Jun 16, 2008  at  03:03 PM
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