Middle school student rescued after tongue gets frozen to metal pole

Scene from the  1983 movie “A Christmas Story” in which one of the characters gets his tongue stuck to a metal pole.


Scene from the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story” in which one of the characters gets his tongue stuck to a metal pole.

Don’t try this at home or at school, for that matter.

An Easthampton middle schooler, apparently undaunted by minus-10-degree temperatures, licked a frozen metal pole outside school Wednesday morning and had to be rescued after the student’s tongue became stuck, fire officials said.


Firefighters were called at 8 a.m. to the scene outside White Brook Middle School.

The incident was probably “kind of one of those ‘triple-dog-dare you to do it’ kind of things,” said Fire Chief David Mottor, borrowing a phrase from a similar incident depicted in the classic holiday movie “A Christmas Story.”

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Warm water was simply poured over the student’s tongue to free it from the pole, Mottor said. The youth’s gender and age were not disclosed.

“When the ambulance crew got there, there was a staff member or two already there,” Mottor said. The student was not injured and was released back to school.

“In the 20 years I’ve been working here, I can only think of one other time this has happened,” Mottor said, chuckling over the phone as he recalled a story involving some teenagers and a chain link fence post.


“It’s not too common — knock on wood,” he said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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