According to CNN, when the couple shined their flashlight they saw no animals or creatures of any kind. “We’re not believers,” Durand said to CNN. The couple who reported the incident told CNN the encounter frightened them and they were surprised by how much attention the alleged sighting of a Sasquatch was getting. The man with the firearm seemed frightened and claimed that there was an “ape-like animal” or “Bigfoot” coming at him so he fired into the darkness. According to CNN, no charges have been filed and no sighting of a Bigfoot has been confirmed. Authorities are investigating a report that a man camping at a backcountry campsite in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park fired a gun after allegedly seeing Bigfoot. Bowling Green, Kentucky, couple Madelyn Durand and her boyfriend Brad Ginn reported they were camping in a backcountry campsite when a man and his son awakened them around 1 a.m. “We heard them coming back about 10 minutes later. We heard them yelling ‘I see it!’ Durand told CNN. “We saw the flash from his gun, and he shot maybe 20 yards from the side of our tent into the pitch-black darkness.” The camper and his girlfriend decided to leave the area and report the gunfire. Federal regulations prohibit the discharge of a firearm in the national park. Schroer said that the investigation is ongoing and assures the public that the park is safe to visit and that there has been no confirmation on a Bigfoot sighting. When they came out of their tent they met a man who told them his campsite was destroyed by something and showed them his gun on his hip. The man also told them the area was known for Bigfoot sitings. Park spokeswoman Molly Schroer said in a statement that law enforcement rangers responded to the incident at one of the park’s backcountry campsites early Sunday and that park officials know the identity of the person who allegedly fired a weapon. The couple claims to have heard noises of other campers staying up late around 11 p.m. and thought nothing of it until they woke to a flashlight shining in their tent. The man said that both he and his son had heard strange noises and were going to investigate. About a minute later, a gunshot was fired. The man and his son then returned and told the camper that they shot into the darkness after claiming Bigfoot had emerged from the woods and lunged at him. Camper at Mammoth Cave National Park allegedly shoots at Bigfoot CNN’s Taylor Romine, Joshua Girsky and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.
MIAMI, Florida – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been named one of the seven national recipients of the African American Youth STEM Initiative Grant from NAF and made possible by the Fund II Foundation.M-DCPS’ selection was based on its compelling plans to expand opportunities in STEM to its African-American student population in the NAF academies. Each school district will be awarded up to $225,000.NAF STEM Academies at three M-DCPS schools: Information Technology and the Engineering Fast Track at American Senior High; Engineering and Health Sciences at North Miami Senior High; and Information Technology at North Miami Beach Senior High will implement strategies and activities across its programs to strengthen corporate, post-secondary and community engagement to offer more internship opportunities to African-American students.Each school also has committed to increasing the number of African-American students achieving NAFTrack Certification, an industry-recognized accreditation, which signals to employers that individuals are uniquely qualified.“This grant will allow us to increase representation from our African-American students, so they are able to achieve successful futures in STEM careers,” said Lisette Alves, Assistant Superintendent, Division of Academics. The African-American Youth STEM Initiative was created to address the cascading effects of low high school graduation rates and the lack of college and career readiness resources for young people in the U.S.The Fund II Foundation provides grants to 501(c)3 public charities to preserve the cultural richness of the African-American experience and to safeguard human dignity by giving voice to the voiceless and promoting human rights. NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready. For more information about NAF Academies in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, please visit: dcte.dadeschools.net.