Forest Lake, Minn –
Horse sits in on an American Literature class.
A large stuffed horse has been found unattended in different rooms around the Upper School over the past few weeks. The horse, which allegedly originated from Dance Tech, has been around since NLA came to the building. It formerly occupied the space next to Mrs. Saunders’ old office. Now, it is finally rising to fame.
The horse sightings started a week ago when someone opened the bathroom door to find the stuffed horse sitting on the toilet.
“That’s gross,” said Sophie Cloutier (11). “So many people go to the bathroom in there.”
The horse was then hidden in the ceiling outside the bathroom with the assistance of English teacher Tom Lutes.
A horse cannot stay in the air forever, so it eventually made its way into the room of
English teacher Chelsie Thielen.
“I don’t know who put it there, but it was the most attentive student in the class,” Thielen said. “Also, I’m deeply saddened that my request to have the horse’s photo taken on Picture Day was declined. Having a picture of a stuffed horse on the “Staff” page of the yearbook would be hilarious.”
These teachers have obviously both been active in the transportation of the horse and agree that it is humorous.
“I have been highly entertained by the pictures I have taken of the horse,” said Lutes, who has taken to referring to the stuffed animal as “Captain Montag” due to the Fahrenheit 451 helmet (an addition courtesy of Thielen’s American Literature students) which the horse was wearing when he found it in his room late last week.
Other teachers and students do not have the same opinion. To them, the horse is odd and unsanitary.
“It’s icky. I found it in the bathroom trying to drink out of the toilet,” said Mr. Sundeen.
The fact that it was in the bathroom has not grossed out only Sundeen, but most of the student body as well. Julia Schmidt, when asked about the horse, felt it was “creepy.”
Despite misgivings, Lutes would like to see more horse sightings.
“It would be pretty awesome if it became a trend to place the horse around the school and take pictures,” Lutes said.
Some students disagree.
“That’s a bad idea,” Kyle Spillman (10) said. ”It’s just a horse.”
Rayna Yaeger (10) has an idea that might make more sense, given our school mascot.
”We should get a big husky; the horse has nothing to do with our school,” she said.