NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Some local parents are trying to figure out how bed bugs ended up in their child's school.
While Norfolk Public Schools hasn't confirmed an infestation of bed bugs at Lake Taylor Middle School, parents contacted WAVY.com saying they'd received letters and phone calls starting on Friday, May 3 from the school about the problem.
"I'm trying to think how did they get there? What kid or adult brought the bed bugs there?," parent Annette Kenion said, whose daughter is an eighth grader at Lake Taylor. "They said they had an exterminator out there and they were inspecting. I thought with them doing that it's helping kill the bed bugs."
Yolanda Johnson, another parent, said her son in the sixth grade told her that the bed bugs were first found in one of the classrooms May 3.
The parents WAVY.com spoke with said they are glad the district appears to be taking the matter seriously, and not wasting time allowing the bugs to spread. Since the problem seems to be getting resolved quickly, they're keeping their kids in class.
The following is a statement sent to parents from Lake Taylor Middle School Principal Dr. Lynnell Gibson, sent to WAVY.com Monday from a concerned parent:
"The administration of Lake Taylor Middle School aims to keep our parents informed of situations that arise at the school. As you are aware from the Parent Link phone message this weekend, reports of bed bugs were taken on Friday, May 3, 2013. The building was inspected and treated appropriately. Today, a bed bug was found and we continue to monitor, inspect and treat the school. We will continue to work with a licensed pest control specialist regarding pest management.
Bed bug are a nuisance, but their bites are not known to spread disease. We are providing additional information about bed bugs for you to review. If you have medical concerns for you or your child, please contact your healthcare provider or school nurse for questions regarding proper care and treatment of bed bug bites."
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