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Oklahoma student brings dead squirrel to class, wanted to eat it

A dead squirrel lies "peacefully" in the bottom of Layde Hobson's son's backpack after he brought it to school with him. (Layde Hobson/Facebook)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) - Kids will say (and bring to class) the darndest things.

An 8-year-old student who attends Gatewood Elementary in Oklahoma City brought a dead squirrel to class, thinking that it could be cooked for dinner.

His mom, Ladye Hobson, spoke to Fox 25's Kylen Mills, explaining that the child's father will occasionally joke about making squirrel dumplings for dinner.

But she never thought he would actually try to make good on the offer. She posted a picture of the squirrel inside the boy's backpack that subsequently got more than 79,000 shares and 75,000 reactions.

Hobson said the boy must have picked up the dead squirrel on this way to school. She says she only found out when she got a phone call from the principal. His teacher found the squirrel and sent him to the office; the school principal thought the incident was hilarious, Hobson said.

The full Facebook post:

When the principal calls to tell you that your son has made her day, so you get excited for the good news... Only to find out that the faculty has discovered a dead squirrel in his backpack (yeah, that 50 dollar Pottery Barn backpack). When asked by the principal what possessed him to pick up this dead squirrel and store it in his backpack, my son replies with "I really wanted squirrel dumplings for dinner tonight." Then, she asks if I actually want the squirrel to come home with him. Y'all, I had to explain that we are from the country, but we're not THAT country. (Sorry if any of you actually eat squirrel dumplings - I don't mean that to be offensive). She said "it looked so peaceful lying there in his bag," then sent me this picture...

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