See ya later, alligator: Video shows SRO wrangle 7-foot gator at Florida middle school drop-off

Gator wrangled, removed from Lexington Middle School

The sheriff’s office said the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission took the gator and relocated it to a safe area.

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Here in Florida, when parents send their children off to school with a “See ya later, alligator,” it’s literal.

At least, that was the case in Lee County Thursday morning when a 7-foot alligator greeted students at the Lexington Middle School drop-off, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a tweet.

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According to Marceno, SRO and K-9 handler Dave Jennings, who also happens to be a former gator trapper, wrangled the alligator.

A 7-foot alligator greeted students at a Lee County middle school drop-off, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said in a tweet.

Video shows him sitting on the gator, helping to tie it up and tape its mouth shut before removing it from the school.

The sheriff’s office said the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission then took the gator and relocated it to a safe area.

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Samantha started at WKMG-TV in September 2020. Before joining the News 6 team, Samantha was a political reporter for The Villages Daily Sun and has had freelance work featured in the Evansville Courier-Press and The Community Paper. When not writing, she enjoys travelling and performing improv comedy.