Student bitten by snake: School confirms incident

UPDATE: A Sunshine Coast student has been taken to hospital after being bitten by a snake, the Department of Education and Training has confirmed.

A spokesman for the department said the Chancellor State College student reported they had been bitten by a snake in an area next to the secondary campus about 9am. 

"The student's parents were immediately notified and the child treated by paramedics on site before being taken to hospital," the spokesman said.

The department declined to provide details on the student's age or gender for privacy reasons. 

The spokesman said the school grounds were maintained to reduce the risk of snakes. 

"A snake catcher has been called to sweep the grounds to ensure the area is clear," the spokesman said.

"Schools are constantly enforcing the message of snake safety to students and also have trained first aid personnel on staff in the event of an incident.

"Chancellor State College will continue to make students and staff aware to be extra vigilant regarding safety procedures if further snakes are sighted."

BREAKING: Paramedics have taken one person to hospital after a snake bite at a Sunshine Coast school. 

Emergency crews were called to the Chancellor State College secondary campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs at 9.10am. 

The person was taken to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition with a bite to the hand.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said no information was yet available on the age or gender of the patient, or whether they were a student at the school. 

More to come.


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