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9-year-old Florida boy has close encounter with alligator at school

Posted at 9:00 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 12:33:21-04

COCOA BEACH, Fla. — (WESH/NBC News Channel) - A 9-year-old Florida boy came within feet of an alligator last week at his elementary school but says he wasn't scared.

It happened in Cocoa Beach, Florida, at Freedom Seven Elementary where students often run around the track in the mornings.

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While Trent Johnson was jogging last Thursday, he said he saw what he described as a gray blob.

But when Trent got closer, he realized it was an alligator.

Gators are often seen at a near-by retention pond that is surrounded by a high chain-link fence, but alligators can climb. And that's how this guy likely got on the school track.

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Trent says he got 2 to 3 feet away from it but explains why he wasn't scared.

"It didn't look like it was going to go after me to injure me," said Trent.

The school showed the gator video to all of the students, and told them if they see one to stay away and tell an adult.