Hampton Mother Outraged At School's Handling Of Bed Bugs Infestation
Monday, February 27, 2012
HAMPTON -- A Hampton mother is outraged by the way her son's
school has handled an infestation of bed bugs.
Crystal Sellman says the administration at Tucker-Capps Elementary
failed to notify her that her son may have been exposed to the
insects two weeks ago. Twice in one week, bed bugs were found
in two separate classrooms recently.
Now she says her son is having health problems as a result, and
the school won't allow her son to change to another class.
After the bugs were discovered in a classroom at T-C two weeks
ago, the school sent home a letter to some parents, but Sellman
says she didn't receive any notice until the following week.
Sellman says her son has been to the doctor twice, and the doctor
confirmed that the child was having an allergic reaction either to
the bites or to chemicals that were used to treat bed bug
"I kept him home and that was Thursday, and he was fine
Thursday. As soon as he entered back into the building and
class, he had evidence of more marks on him," explained
Last week, when she asked the principal to switch her son's class,
her request was denied.
"I am afraid that there will be repercussions that my two children
will have to face after me making such a fuss, but like any parent
that's concerned, I feel like they would be in my same seat,"
Classrooms at Tucker Capps were treated for bed bugs on Saturday,
Feb. 18th. School officials said on Monday that the bugs
haven't been seen in the school since the treatment.
The school says contractors treated classrooms, offices, the
library, cafeteria, and other areas using Diatomaceous Earth in
powder form, and Zeprion and Bedalin in concentrated sprays.
They focused on cracks, crevices, wall injections, floor edges,
carpets, and all desks.