Boy Bitten By Rattlesnake In Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Authorities say 5-year-old boy is in stable condition after being bitten by a rattlesnake while playing in the soccer field in front of his elementary school in the Texas Panhandle.

Don Wood, superintendent of the Bushland school district located just outside of Amarillo, says that the kindergartner at Bushland Elementary School was playing early Thursday afternoon when the rattlesnake struck.

Wood says, "He is in stable condition, but very scared." He says paramedics stabilized the child and transported him to Northwest Texas Hospital.

Wood says tells the Amarillo Globe-News that the school secretary found the snake and prevented it from moving. Then, he says, the custodian got a broom and "whacked the snake to death."