WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) – Westport police have charged a Staples High School senior and her father with breach of peace for bringing a pony to the school.

The girl, Sarah Friedson, 17, walked her chocolate-colored pony, Cocoa, to the school Friday, to celebrate the last day of classes before final exams. She held sign that read “Save Gas” on one side, “Staples 2008” on the other. Her father, Ronald, drove behind them with his blinkers flashing.

The school called police, saying they were concerned for the safety of students.

Westport police said in a written statement that the girl had ignored a security guard and earlier warnings not to bring the animal on school property.

Ronald Friedson said the pony is docile, 20-years-old, and blind in one eye. “Overkill would be an understatement,” Friedson said Friday night. “This is a 25-year-old pony, who is only dangerous to a carrot.”

Sarah Friedson, who said she will be attending summer school to earn enough credits to graduate in August, said school officials told her she would likely be suspended for 10 days.

“I really didn’t think it was going to blow out of proportion like this,” she said. “It’s not like I brought him into the school, I didn’t.”

Ronald Friedson said his brother pulled a similar prank during the 1970s gas crisis, and was greeted with applause by school officials.

A message seeking comment was left for Elliott Landon Superintendent, Westport’s school superintendent.


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