An apparent prank went horribly awry recently at a North Carolina high school.

The Shelby Star reported that about one dozen goats were released in the football stadium of Burns High School either late last Thursday night or early Friday morning. The animals, which are owned by the school and used in Burns' agricultural program, did not get on the field but were congregating near the scoreboard and on the track.

Not only did the goats cause a mess around the stadium, but a recent E. coli scare in the area gave health officials concern. Even though the animals had been cleared by 9:30 a.m., health officials determined that all afternoon activities planned on the field should be cancelled or relocated.

As a result of the prank, the planned Senior Night activities were postponed and the football game against Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High was moved to nearby Crest High School.

"I got in touch with the Fallston Fire Department and they came and washed it (animal feces) down a drain," George Falls, an equipment manager at the high school, told the Star. "It ticks me off, but I know kids will be kids."

A soccer match and a junior varsity football game scheduled for this week have also been moved to another high school.

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