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Orlando school grounds cleared of missing king cobra

Venomous 8-foot snake escaped from home last week

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(Florida Fish & Wildlife via CNN)


ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando elementary school located near a home where an 8-foot king cobra escaped last week has been given the all-clear for any snakes on campus, although students will be kept inside again Friday as a precaution, officials told News 6.

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Clarcona Elementary School sent a voice mail to parents on Wednesday, saying the principal, maintenance crews and security officers searched the campus for the venomous snake.  

"I personally inspected each portable today by crawling underneath them and found no evidence of a snake or any other animal we're hiding under a portables," said Principal Robert Strenth. 

Although the principal said no animals were found on campus, students will again have indoor recess on Friday, a move that's been in place since the snake was reported missing more than one week ago.

Students were also shown a snake safety video in the event that they encounter one.

"I would hope by now that we could return to normal outside activities, but I want to make sure that all efforts have been made to keep our students safe when we return outside," Strenth said. "I will continue to keep you all updated and remain hopeful that we can receive all the necessary clearances to return to our necessary procedure as soon as possible."

The snake's owner, Mike Kennedy, was cited this week after the animal slithered away.  He will appear in court in October on the charges.

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