Watch: Deer breaks into Roseau Elementary on the last day of school

The incident "seemed like a fitting end to a year that has been like no other," the superintendent said.
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Students and staff at Roseau Elementary School got quite the surprise on the last day of school. 

A doe crashed throw the window of the nurse's office just before 10 a.m. on June 3 and scrambled down the hallway of the school before exiting the building through the doors, according to security camera video that captured the deer's adventure. 

For a school year filled with challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the cherry on top.

"The deer 'breaking into our school' on the final day of school for our students seemed like a fitting end to a year that has been like no other," Superintendent Tom Jerome told Bring Me The News on Friday.

Before breaking through the window, the deer had actually jumped into the window and hit the glass hard, startling people inside the nurse's office, Jerome said. They didn't initially realize what happened, and after looking out the window they were trying to get outside to make sure the students outside for recess didn't get harmed somehow.

"The deer, after failing to enter the building the first time, tried again. [She] was successful in [her] second attempt and shattered the window and entered the building," Jerome explained. 

There were three people in the nurse's office, including a student, and more than 1,000 students in the building. Other than a few minor nicks and scratches from the broken glass, there were no injuries, Jerome said. 

"Amazing work by our staff to ensure no small children ended up in the path of the deer," Jerome said, noting the deer eventually headed straight down the hallway and left the building. If the deer had taken a left, she would have headed toward multiple classrooms of students in grades preschool through third-grade. If she took a right, she would have found herself in a hallway filled with students in fourth- through sixth-grade. 

"We are thankful the deer left the building and love the fact our staff reacted quickly to make sure our students were safe and the deer had a clear path out of the building," Jerome said. 

The 35-second video shows the deer scrambling to its feet in the hallway and a few staff running after it before it makes its way through the doors and outside.

"The deer actually opens the first door to leave the building. A staff member was in the entryway and opened the outside door for the deer," Jerome said. 

The deer may have suffered a few nicks and scratches but "it appeared just fine after she gathered her wits, gained her footing and left the building," Jerome said.

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They haven't seen any sign of the deer since. 

"Nothing remotely close to this has ever happened before," Jerome said. "Although we live in northern Minnesota, a deer on our playground is a first, needless to say, a deer in our school has never happened before."

The Roseau School District shared the video on its Facebook page just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday. In fewer than 24 hours, the video had amassed 46,000 views and more than 900 shares. 

"Everyone helped with clean up, and all was well in a short amount of time — but what a way to end the 20-21 school year!" the district said on Facebook.

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