Bed bug found in Norfolk middle school classroom

Posted at 10:46 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 22:49:13-05

Norfolk, Va. - A local library branch was not the first place bed bugs popped up in Norfolk this week.

NewsChannel 3 confirmed with a Norfolk Public Schools spokeswoman that a bed bug was found inside a Ruffner Middle School classroom on Monday.

"The school sent me a letter saying they found one, so they sprayed," says Dorthea Saterfield, a parent of a Ruffner Middle School student.

An NPS spokeswoman says Monday's sighting is the second one that they have had at the middle school this school year.

She says the first time it was found on a student, so they notified all of the students' parents. However, this week, since a bed bug was found in a classroom, they only notified the students' parents in that classroom through a letter on Monday.

However, some other parents tell NewsChannel 3, that is something they all need to know.

"So I can take precautions," says Patricia Waddell. "Just because it wasn't in my son's classroom doesn't mean that he hasn't been exposed, I mean because there's traffic in the hallways, in the cafeteria, in the restroom."

Other people living in Tidewater Gardens, right across from the school, tell NewsChannel 3 they are worried the pest could have been brought home.

"These units are so close together, once they get in, they're hard to get out."

An NPS spokeswoman says the way they inform parents is according to school protocol. She says the classroom was treated, and the students inside the classroom were evaluated.

For more information on how to find bed bugs and protect your home, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's bed bugs page.