Odor At School Has Parents Concerned

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

Officials with the Knox County Board of Education told WYMT's Jeff Gould that every time someone reports a foul odor, it disappears just moments later, making the search for this mysterious odor at one elementary school a difficult one.

Meanwhile, parents say they're fed up, and are even considering pulling their kids out of school.

Parents think it's a stinky situation at Flat Lick Elementary in Knox County.

“It hits you right when you walk in the door,” Phyllis King said.

School Officials say they've already made several fixes in an attempt to snuff out any bad odors.

“We've changed wax rings in every bathroom, you know, commode wax rings, anywhere that someone said they thought they smelled anything at all,” Superintendent Walter Hulett said.

But parents say, it's not enough and the school still stinks.

“I was in there this morning and it smells terrible. It smells just like a backed up sewer line,” King said.

School officials have tried several solutions to solve the problem, and are working closely with the Health Department

“They have determined that there's not a health factor, a health safety issue for any of our children. If there was we'd be taking even more precautions,” Superintendent Hulett said.

Still parents say, if the problem isn't fixed soon, they will be forced to take their kids out of school

The superintendent told WYMT he has made several visits to the Flat Lick Elementary School in person, and he tells me each time the smell had dissipated by the time he got there.

However, he says if the reports continue, the entire plumbing system will be smoked out later this week which will help them better pinpoint the source of the smell


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  • by Anonymous Location: Flat Lick on Nov 14, 2007 at 09:28 AM
    As far as the parents go most of us had no clue someone on the basketball team had staff. The principal is the one hiding this stuff from parents. We have tried several times to get something done about the staph, but we were told not to worry. We need more parents to come forward and help get something done with this situation.
  • by west knox parent 2 Location: corbin on Nov 13, 2007 at 01:36 PM
    personally I am not surprised..this year has been my first (AND LAST) experience with schools in teh Knox District adn next tear my child will NOT be back it has been one disappointment after another..staff that could care less and will not expend one extra ounce of energy to benefit the kids..its a sad sad situation!
  • by West Knox Parent Location: Corbin on Nov 13, 2007 at 04:46 AM
    This seems kinda funny being that on the same day that wymt was at the school getting the story from the concerned parents a couple of basketball coaches, teachers and parents were trying to hide a case of staph infection that one of the girl's on the basketball team had.....This makes me sick to thank that trying to hide something this serious because you want to try and win a ballgame..This is down right wrong and something should be done about it...I cant believe the same parents that are so worried about an odor in the school could care less about everyone else's health. I know one thing my girl gaurded the girl with staph and if she gets it there will be a lawsuit filed..I cant believe adults would go this far to win a basketball game....So are you Flat Lick parents really concerned about the kids health....You say your gonna pull your kids out of school because of the smell but make sure you bring them when they have staph..Your right there is a smell a fishy one...

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