Kids at East New York Public School are Learning in Classrooms Crawling with Bed Bugs
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Classrooms at an East New York public school crawling with
bedbugs are still being used by children and teachers, the Daily
News has learned.
Fifth and sixth graders at PS 224 on Wortman Ave. have been
using the three classrooms since the bugs were spotted in
"It's bad. The whole building has it but they aren't doing
anything about it," said East New York mom Malika Bryant.
Some parents were sent letters on Friday and Monday explaining
that just one bedbug was found in each of two different rooms on
But sources at the school claim the problem is much worse, and
that more than a dozen live bedbugs were found in one of three
Bryant wasn't letting her daughter Teyonna Harrison, 12, go to school
until the bugs were gone.
"This is sad," said Bryant. "They said they had it under control
and that was last year."
The first reports of bedbugs at PS 224 surfaced last year.
Dept. of Education officials said there were no signs of
infestation because only one bug was confirmed, making an
evacuation of the rooms not necessary.
"Every time we find a single bedbug, we are required to report
it," said Dept. of Education spokeswoman Margaret Feinberg.
"Schools are not hospitable environments for bedbugs and are
brought in from the outside, usually in a bag or on clothing."
But school sources said they've seen multiple creepy crawlers
"I saw a bunch of them bouncing around as if it was a flea
party," said a PS 224 source.
Parents at the school were so afraid of bringing the bedbugs
home, they kept their kids out of school.
"My children are not coming back to this school until I know
it's cleared out," said mom Shavonna Bradley, 33.
Cheyenne Aiken, 35 was about to drop off
her daughter, Toi White, 8, at school Wednesday before she heard
about the recent rash of bedbugs.
Aiken then ordered her daughter back in the car.
"I'm very worried. I have other children in my home and if you
get bedbugs you have to throw everything away," she said.