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High schools steer way to cattle competition: Cattle are considered the best sport for animals and they are good at winning," a district spokesman said in a statement. "The school will have to evaluate its plans on whether cattle and other species can be used within the school, given the large population of students."
"We are taking this matter seriously and we will work with the authorities and the student's parents to address these concerns in a fair and responsible manner," he said.
As news of the incident spread, thousands of school children took to social media to express their dismay and anger with the district.
At one high school, "a student had to be escorted from class" in the middle of the night due to cattle "fodder." Some parents sent their children to the gym. School was shut off until 11 p.m.
Another high school suspended several students, but all were quickly allowed to return to school.
One post on Facebook reads: "The student's father was forced out of the school by cattle."
According to the Independent, the district will spend about $100,000 to install a temporary fence around the school and an additional $15,000 to pay for the fence to keep out other animals, such as pigs.