Look who showed up at a Florida middle school — a 10-foot, 800-pound alligator ‘dude’

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In-person students at Lakeland Highlands Middle School in Lakeland, Florida, had more to worry about Thursday morning than mask-wearing and social distancing

According to a tweet from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a large alligator was roaming the grounds around 7:30 a.m.

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In the post, you can see the 10-footer sunning itself on a sidewalk near campus. Concerned parents saw the gator hanging out on the road that the students frequent and called authorities.

Why did the alligator cross the Florida road? To eat a late lunch, video shows

“Deputies met this dude on a Lakeland sidewalk Thursday: 10 feet long, 800 pounds. A trapper had to come get him from the residential/school area,” said the PCSO’s caption, along with video.

In the quick clip, you can see the gator with a snare around its thick neck lunge forward, thrash and hiss.

The unwanted visitor was classified as a “nuisance alligator,” and its meat and hide were reportedly harvested.

The post added that the video was shot by Polk Deputy Ashtin Mosley.

“And no, she won’t be sporting a new belt and boots next week.”

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