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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