Students at Summit Academy began their school day Monday with an unexpected visitor and ended it with a story to tell their parents.
About 10 a.m., students had just evacuated the North Schenley Avenue school as part of a fire drill, when Principal Mike Majzun, the last to leave the building, saw a deer running across the parking lot.
“It dove head-first into a bottom-floor window,” the principal said.
The buck wandered through the school chapel and hallway before running at two administrators. They ran and the visitor went into the school gymnasium and left the building.
Besides the window, which was boarded up for the school day and fixed late Monday, the deer knocked over some chairs and tables during his travels and left a trail of blood from his injury. No children or school personnel were injured.
“Talk about good timing,” Majzun said. “If you have to have a deer get into your school, a time when the students are outside for a fire drill is a good time to do it.”
The unexpected visitor was the talk of the school day, and Majzun called parents to inform them of what happened. He didn’t want them to hear it from their children and not believe it.
“If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it,” he said.