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Harrison Central High School works to fix bat problem

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Harrison Central High school workers are trying to rid the gym of bats after the creatures invaded a volleyball game this week. Harrison Central High school workers are trying to rid the gym of bats after the creatures invaded a volleyball game this week.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Imagine enjoying volleyball game when suddenly its interrupted by some unwelcome guests. That's exactly what happened at Harrison Central this week when three bats swooped down from the ceiling.

You could hear a parent in the stands giving a play by play of the flying creatures on a home video. "Here it comes, right by the referee. Watch out, ref."

As the players were hard at work, the flying critters took center stage in the middle of the game.

"Upon further investigation, I found out that there were some bats that had actually roosted in the ceiling area somewhere and had come out," Principal Avery Brush said. "They started kind of flying around. I couple of bats starting flying around during the volleyball game."

When the report first went out, officials with the school thought it was a hoax. 

"When I first got the report that there were bats in the gym, I was wondering why weren't they at the baseball field," Bush said with a smile.

Now that they know the vermin really are nesting in the gymnasium, help is on the way.

"Our superintendent and maintenance instructor came out to see what the actual issue was. They've gotten a special 'batman,' for a lack of better terms, to come out and take care of the bats," Bush said.

But until the batman arrives, it's going to be business as usual in the school gym.

"There's a certain way bats have to be dealt with. They have to be found and relocated more so. There's a company that's coming in to take care of the bat problem. The kids are fine. Them, parents and coachers were exemplarity during an atypical situation," Bush said.

Bush said inspectors found a hole in the ceiling, which may have created an entrance for the flying critters. Harrison Central's Gymnasium took a pretty heavy blow from Hurricane Isaac.

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