FRANKLIN CO., Va. (WDBJ7) It was a typical Thursday morning for staff at Franklin County High School, that is until right around lunch time. That's when an uninvited guest showed up to take a lap around the campus.
"Surprised, you don't expect to come to work and see a bear cruising around your parking lot," said Andrew Nester, who is the student activities coordinator at the high school.
Nester recalled the bear's movements, "It came up the hill side then walked around a little bit. It seemed kind of dazed. Then it walked between two buildings. It ended up going down the sidewalk, around the gymnasium, before going out the parking lot."
Some students were on campus, attending summer school, as well as athletic practice. Nester said student safety was his number one priority. "The big thing that still continues to play in my mind is student safety. Making sure they're safe and secure because they're on our watch and we don't want anything to happen to them."
He called police after capturing a video of the bear as he drove it away from campus. "They (police) were here very quick. They were concerned for the animal as well as the community."
This isn't the first time a bear has wandered into a populated area in Rocky Mount. Thirteen years ago this month, a 375-pound black bear wandered into the Franklin Memorial Hospital before it had to be shot and killed.
Wildlife officials say to always call police and to leave the area as quickly and safely as possible if you ever encounter a bear.