By Lonnie Huhman

The first snow of the year led to an unfortunate incident involving a Dexter Community Schools bus and an injured deer.

In a letter addressed and emailed out to Dexter families Friday morning, the school district said, “Some days, small-town living presents unusual challenges. Today is one of those. We are writing to let you know about an incident you may hear about from your students or neighbors.”

The school district said during morning arrival, “a deer was struck by a private vehicle and injured on Dan Hoey Road near the Dexter Community Schools bus hub.”


“The seriously wounded animal entered the bus hub where students were being dropped off for school,” the district’s letter said. “In an attempt to quickly put the suffering animal out of its pain, a member of our transportation team instinctively drove over the deer to end its suffering. Members of our buildings and grounds team quickly disposed of the remains. Regrettably, some students witnessed one or more of these unfortunate events this morning. All students are safe.”

The school district said the decision to drive over the animal in the presence of children, “is absolutely not a course of action we condone and we greatly regret that it happened.”

“We understand that this situation is likely to be quite upsetting for students, parents, and staff who witnessed or heard about it,” the district said. “However, we hope that everyone concerned can understand that the driver made a very human mistake out of compassion for the animal. We have addressed the situation with our staff.”