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Bed bugs are not stopping kids from attending school

Bed bugs are not stopping kids from going to school in Laurel County.

School officials and people at the Laurel County Health Department are working to bring an end to the problem.

A teacher at Hunter Hills Elementary found the first bed bug in a classroom before the students went on Christmas break.

Since then bugs have been found in isolated areas which prompted school officials to take precaution and alert parents.

Hunter Hills Elementary School does not have any beds, but bed bugs have made their way into the building in students' backpacks.

"Bed bugs are very creative hitch hikers, so they can get in back packs and can get in your clothing. They can actually arrive anywhere," said Mark Hensley, the executive director of the Laurel County Health Department.

The bed bugs were found in isolated areas which school officials are thankful for.

"It really has been only handfuls of incidents. It's not infestation by no means," said Brian Bond, the principal at Hunter Hills Elementary.

Precautions are necessary to insure the health and safety of students at Hunter Hills.

Schools officials say the hardest part has been alleviating concern among parents.

"We've certainly answered a lot of phone calls and talked to a lot of concerned parents. But to be honest, I have not had an angry parent speak to me. I talked to parents who were concerned and wanted some information," said Principal Bond.

They want information on how to stop these creepy crawlers from coming home with their kids.

One way to prevent the bed bugs from spreading is putting the students backpacks in plastic bags which reassures school officials and parents.

Until the issue is resolved, school officials are asking for patience.

"It's very hard to prevent from getting bed bugs. Once you get rid of them, it's very easy to get them back because of the students or anyone who enters that school that has them on their clothing or in their backpacks," said Hensley.

Health department officials say bed bugs are more of a nuisance than they are a threat because they are not known to transmit or carry any diseases.


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