Members of the DeSales community were taken aback when a 6-point, 300 pound dressing weight buck slammed through a first floor window of Dooling Hall.
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Written by Larry Lowry ’12
and Caitlin Lenker ’11
On Wednesday, November 3, at approximately 8:54 a.m., members of the DeSales community were taken aback when a 6-point, 300 pound dressing weight buck slammed through a first floor window a few minutes before a History and Philosophy of Sport class, taught by Dr. Daniel Kelly, was about to begin. Between 6 and 8 students were in the classroom at the time of the incident. The buck was chasing a doe, which also ran into the side of the building but got back up and ran away.
Chris Petersen ’12, a nursing major and president of DeSales EMS saw the incident occur as he was walking toward Dooling Hall.
“I saw the buck and the doe running and thought, ‘Wow, they’re pretty close!’ The doe ran head first into the window, and the buck jumped, so I thought ‘Uh oh, he’s gonna hit the … oh, he went through the window,” said Petersen.
After crashing through the window, the buck began to thrash, kicking over desks and backpacks and scattering papers throughout the classroom. The commotion caused sport management major, Harry Getty ’13, to exit through the window.
“I didn’t see anything until I heard a thud against the wall and then a huge crash, a black thing landed right next to me …. I saw its legs start kicking and knocking over bags and when I saw the antlers I knew what it was so I tried to jump through the bottom window, but since the blind was still down I banged my head on a metal bar before I landed outside. In hindsight, I probably should have gone through the big hole the deer had just made, because I cut my hands up on the glass that fell on the counter,” said Getty.
Getty sustained cuts on his hands, forehead and thigh, but was immediately treated by DeSales EMS and was taken to the hospital shortly thereafter.
Two members of DeSales Campus Police, Chief Karen Tempinski and Officer Michael Pochron, arrived at the scene by 8:55 a.m. after receiving multiple emergency calls and hearing the 911 call made to the Upper Saucon Township police department.
“When we arrived on the scene we found an injured buck in the classroom with one of its rear legs broken to the extent where it could not make the leap back out of the classroom,” said Tempinski.
Because of the deer’s injuries and out of concern for student welfare, Tempinski decided to put the deer down. Two shots were fired from .45 caliber pistols; the first was from Tempinski and the second from Pochron.
The deer was claimed by sport and exercise science major, Michael McIntyre ’13. McIntyre is a student in the History and Philosophy of Sport class; however, he was not in the classroom at the time of the incident.
The classroom was cleaned extensively and was in use on Thursday, November 4.
Press Release: Deer Crashes Through Window, Causes Commotion | Posted on: 11/5/2010
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu